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Representations of the
Sacrificial offerings of spectacle for drug
prevention strategies: Through a Blue
A methodology created for film documentaries from
three areas of theory; those being: Semiotic,
interpretive and discourse analysis, the intent is to
discover and interpret the way that ideologies are
created and produced in audiences
understanding/being educated on substance using
populations with complex multiple barriers.
Social justice models and political/moral models
also considered.
Through a Blue Lens
Things to consider
History of the harm reduction movement.
political landscape in 1999, 2002, 2010.
PSA (public service announcement) strategies vs
christian charity models vs single filmmaker
ideology motivations from numerous perspectives.
acts of resistance: sanctioned and unsanctioned.
Fix: Story of an
Addicted City
Streets of Plenty
Work through the ethics, privacy and consent process with your
partners before you begin, and adapt your project accordingly.
Sometimes it means changing your whole approach – or even
dropping it. That’s the cost of being ethical. Here’s a controversial
one. An undoubtedly gripping and raw film, Through a Blue Lens
(1999) raises serious questions about the ethics, privacy and
consent issues when police arm themselves with video technology
in the “mean streets” of Vancouver. The police motivation for making
this film was honorable: they hoped to create an educational tool to
help prevent drug use among young people by filming what they
witnessed on the job every day. But video in the hands of law
enforcement is a tricky issue. How much did the subjects have a say
in the making and distribution of this film? This is one of the NFB’s
best selling DVDs of all time. But should this film have been made in
the first place? Katarina Cizek (NFB website)