The Ethics of Seeing
How do we see and in what manner do we look? Since its inception, documentarians have debated what a truthful and an ethical camera attitude to the human subject might be. Within this contested visual space, people with terminal diagnoses and in the end stages of life are often denied cultural participation and therefore an image. This was the premise for making ISLAND, which follows four individuals to the end of their lives. Director Steven Eastwood and producer Elhum Shakerifar will reflect on the film’s making, the taboo of death on screen, and the ethics of aesthetics.