Are War Films Facing a Bleak Future? (Berlin)

"No Man's Land" filmmaker Danis Tanovic, "Armadillo's" Janus Metz and "Lebanon's" Samuel Maoz discuss their approaches to making films dealing with war at Berlin's "Filming War" panel.

BERLIN -- Film is a medium that offers us the widest platform in which to tell the story of our lives.

While some opt for tales of love, others view life threatening wars as the stories of their lives. It is with this in mind that the Berlinale Talent Campus brought together three filmmakers who have dealt with war in their films.

The panel "Filming War" had Danis Tanovic (No Man’s Land), Janus Metz (Armadillo) and Samuel Maoz (Lebanon) to discuss their individual approaches.

While Tanovic believes that making anti-war films is effectively the way to change public opinion, Metz, who trudges into this subject with an aim of documenting the untold stories of war, said making anti-war and politically correct stories about war is not possible.

Critical of taking a neutral stand, Tanovic regards neutrality as a lazy excuse to do nothing.

So what is the future for filming war? It may not be bright. Perhaps those intrigued by Maoz’s way of telling the inside stories of war will have to be disappointed. 

As for Metz, he believes that it is time to explore other kinds of stories. He doubts he will continue to address the same themes.

Bethsheba Achitsa (Kenya) is a participant of Talent Press, a practical training program of the Berlinale Talent Campus (www.talentpress.org).

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