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In a time where freedom of information is on decline all around the world, the Nordic states remain on top of the list over countries with the highest level of press freedom.
Hundreds of Norwegians and Russians arrived in the first week of February in the town of Kirkenes on the Russian-Norway border to see the spectacular installations, to visit unusual exhibitions and to speculate about the future of the Arctic territories at the international art festival Barents Spektakel.
Sermon or confession?
Such question about the essence of a documentary film was set by the known Russian documentary film maker Alexander Gutman to the participants of a seminar in Murmansk. In the beginning of March there was held a training course «Documentary film. The way it's done» in which journalists, TV producers, cameramen and sound producers from Murmansk, Archangelsk areas and Karelia participated.
Correction of mistakes
All participants of the seminar had represented earlier their works at the festival «Northern Character–2009» which took place in Murmansk ilast November. Many of them even received awards.
At the seminar their works in were subjected to a strict and often impartial analysis by the master of Russian documentary.
The honoured worker of arts of the Russian Federation, professor Saint-Petersburg university of cinema and TV Alexander Gutman is the owner of a considerable number of prestigious international awards. He is often invited ito be in the jury of various film festivals all over the world. Gutman's main position — which could be drawn from his statements during master classes — is:
- If there is no possibility to make a true documentary film, one shouldn't do at all. It is inadmissible to let out half-done material, putting forward shortage of time, means and other circumstances as a good excuse. A true film it not the author's sermon but his confession.
To make a documentary film within two days…
«When the quantity of the filmed material is beyond the usual reporting, TV men often decide to make a documentary film on this basis. Now I know it for sure that it is impossible to make a documentary film for one – two days», - Julia Solntseva, journalist from AIR TV studio (Kandalaksha, Murmansk area) has written in her evaluation of the seminar. She has also added: «It is useful to learn how aone really should work. I have big hopes that it will be possible to apply the knowledge and to come to «Northern Character — 2010» not empty-handed».
The seminar – training in Murmansk was organised by Barents Press, TV-21 and the Murmansk regional organisation of the Union of journalists of Russia with support of the Center of journalism of Northern countries (Arhus, Denmark).
New festival is coming
From November, 16 till November, 19th, 2010 in Murmansk the third international television festival «Northern Character» will take place. The organising committee has already begun preparations. Alexander Gutman will robably lead one of master classes again.
It is expexted that like last years TV men and documentary makers from northern regions of Russia, Norway, Sweden and Finland are to participate in the festival. Probably, it will be possible to invite also participants from Denmark and Canada.
Translated by Tatiana Polkova