From My Point of View| 29mins
Director: Marek Tuszynski | Producer: Marek Tuszynski & Stephanie Hankey
Focus Years: 2013 | Country: Germany
This rare combination of stories from Lebanon, Syria and Israel/Palestine looks into three people's individual quests to see and understand their situations more clearly. Driven by personal histories, associations and obsessions, they worked to uncover specific cases of social, economic and political corruption: arms smuggling into Syria, urban land grabbing in Beirut and the narrative used to portray house demolitions in Palestine. 'From My Point of View' offers three portraits of individuals who have used basic digital tools and technologies to investigate and expose injustice and harm. The film takes the viewer on a tour of their methods, tools and motivations, and also looks at the outcomes of their investigations.
â€œIn most cases, the news is just at the surface of somethingâ€. Eliot Higgins discovered that everything he needed to see was right in front of him; it just required a keen eye. He shows us how he pored through mountains of grainy, handheld video footage from Syria, looking for clues that would shed light on the arms trade.
"Everything we touch ends up being political". Rajwat found that she had to look from different angles to see the real picture. She describes how she and a group of friends started digging into financial and land records in Beirut to investigate and expose the company who was land grabbing along Beirutâ€˜s seafront.
"It is not only that we canâ€˜t see [something] but that we canâ€˜t see that we canâ€˜t see something. It is not just that something is missing ... We think we see it all, but actually we don't." Hagit Keysar discovered what she was prevented from seeing. She describes how she began unearthing photographs of houses that had been demolished, and uses balloon mapping to compose a visual counter-narrative about the reality of what is happening in Palestine.
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