Why Documentary Films Are More Important Than Ever

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In an impassioned piece for

The Hollywood Reporter

, Simon Kilmurry, the executive director of the International Documentary Association, writes why in today's political climate, documentaries are more important than ever.

"Documentary film is essential to a healthy and democratic society — that is why it is feared by autocrats," he writes. "Documentary film is a form that allows us to walk in another’s shoes, to build a sense of shared humanity, that gives voice to the marginalized and the scorned, that strives to hold those in power to account. In these challenging times, when journalism is held in such contempt that Steve Bannon can freely tell the media to 'keep its mouth shut,' it is all the more important to support the ever-risky endeavor that documentary filmmaking is becoming."

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