[ti:Documentarians Turn their Cameras on Protests, Despite Dangers] [by:pzw8555.cn] [00:00.00]更多听力请访问pzw8555.cn [00:00.04]Christopher Frierson was not expecting to be hit with tear gas [00:07.84]at a recent protest in Brooklyn, New York. [00:13.00]The documentary filmmaker has covered many protests, [00:18.72]but he has never experienced that kind of reaction by police [00:24.28]to a peaceful protest. His camera recorded it all. [00:32.36]Frierson returned the next day to talk to the officers who had released the tear gas. [00:41.72]He is one of several documentarians who have brought out their cameras [00:48.12]to record the historic nationwide protests. [00:53.08]Other filmmakers include Steve James who made the film Hoop Dreams [01:00.32]and Alexandra Pelosi, the maker of Outside the Bubble. [01:07.48]The documentarians, like the protesters, risk exposure [01:12.72]to COVID-19 and other dangers at the demonstrations. [01:20.32]"When there is something happening in your environment, you have to shoot it," said Frierson. [01:27.96]His latest film, Don't Try to Understand: [01:32.00]A Year in the Life of Earl ‘DMX' Simmons, was supposed to be released this spring. [01:41.56]"If you have a camera, you got to shoot it," he said. [01:47.84]James agrees. He had shown his latest film City So Real, about Chicago, [01:55.80]at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah as the coronavirus began to spread in the U.S. [02:05.40]But when it hit Chicago, James started shooting again, to add to City So Real. [02:13.36]Then came the protests in Chicago over the police killing of George Floyd, a black man in Minnesota. [02:24.72]James got his camera out again and began shooting the demonstrations. [02:30.12]He may rework the movie to include this latest film. [02:36.48]James knows that shooting protests can be dangerous. [02:41.92]"I'm being very careful about what takes us out to film," James said. [02:47.16]"Normally, I would have been out doing a lot more." [02:52.88]Pelosi decided to film a protest outside of the White House last week. [02:58.68]She was there the day security forces fired tear gas and rubber bullets [03:04.56]at peaceful protestors to force them to move. [03:08.88]They acted to clear a path [03:11.64]so the president could walk to a nearby church and have his picture taken. [03:18.48]"I couldn't see for like five minutes because I got shot by this thing," said Pelosi, [03:24.92]the daughter of Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. [03:32.56]Filmmaker Ashley O'Shay was finishing up her documentary Unapologetic, [03:38.92]about the group, Movement for Black Lives, in Chicago when the Floyd protests began. [03:46.56]Unapologetic centers on two young women who are queer and black. [03:54.36]O'Shay said debated whether to go out to shoot the protests because of COVID-19. [04:01.76]But, she decided she must. [04:06.32]"It's important for me that we have black artists, people of color artists, [04:12.48]behind the camera to capture these stories, [04:16.12]to make sure that the people closest to the community [04:20.04]are the ones that are deciding how the story is told." [04:25.48]O'Shay said she probably will not use her latest recordings in her film Unapologetic. [04:32.76]But, she says she hopes the footage can be useful as a historical document. [04:41.32]Few of the filmmakers have definite plans for how to use their new material. [04:46.88]But, James expects there will be several documentaries about the protests. [04:52.68]He said there were many filmmakers already working on the shutdown [04:57.88]caused by the coronavirus, as well as exploring issues of race and equality. [05:05.92]Who gets to tell the story of the moment is a sensitive issue for some. [05:12.24]Firelight Media official, Stanley Nelson, [05:15.64]spoke about that in a recent interview with Indiewire. [05:23.00]Filmmakers of color should tell their own stories. [05:27.28]"It's incumbent on white filmmakers to help them do so," he added. [05:34.12]Documentarian Steve James agrees. [05:37.92]"We always need more opportunity for black [05:41.28]and people-of-color filmmakers to be telling stories," James said. [05:47.20]"But this is also a story of America writ large [05:52.52]and what needs to change in America writ large. [05:58.20]And for that, we kind of need all hands on deck as far as I'm concerned." [06:04.92]I'm Susan Shand. [06:07.56]更多听力请访问pzw8555.cn