Ethics and aesthetics of documentary

Welcome to Chechnya (David France/HBO, 2020) explores the oppression of the LGBTQ+ community in Chechnya as well as the underground resistance.

Documentarian David France tried many different techniques to protect the identities of the film’s subjects. After rotoscoping, blurring out, and snapchat filters, he went with AI.

This facilitated a degree of protection for the subjects, while still allowing them to express their ideas, opinions, and emotions.

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