Tuesday, September 25, 2012


  1. From the first article, "How to Do an Interview--When Trauma is the Topic," I found it helpful when Karen Brown mentioned that she doesn't do a pre-interview. Thinking about interviewing a subject who was dealing with traumatic experience, the first interview was the most powerful. I also agree with Karen about letting the interviewee talk without any interruption. This should be the Cardinal Rule for all documentarians.

    For the second article, "Reliving Trauma for the Sake of Journalism," I think it's imperative to contemplate whether a traumatic experience, especially as deep as 9/11, should be made extravagant for its anniversary. I think that the anniversary should be used as a day of reflection and minimal "re-exposure." Like the article mentioned, there are some victims who are constantly thinking about this traumatic experience, and it does not need to be everywhere in the news for them to see it outside of their minds.

  2. Ruth Teichroeb gives the following tips about "How to Do an Interview - When Trauma is the Topic,": "give the person choices about a whole host of things," "time is crucial," give the interviewee the control -- ability "to say this is OK and this is not," become familiar with the language of the community. Her tips could be very helpful for our class to apply when filming and interviewing women affiliated with CLAIM. It would be thoughtful to inform them about our project more fully and ask them about what they would like to see the in the PSA.
    Karen Brown adds, "the most important thing is to let people tell the whole story so they know that you’re willing to listen to it." Through her experiences of interviewing refugees' trauma related to mental health issues, she also suggests not to conduct a pre-interview.
    Mike Walter reiterates the importance of giving the interviewee the control.
    The article "Reliving Trauma for the Sake of Journalism," also had a lot of advise that I think will be helpful when working with CLAIM and for all of my future projects. "It’s less about do we show emotion, then do we approach our subjects in ways that make them feel as if they are collaborators…" This idea will be very helpful to hold onto when rehearsing with the participants in my performance project. In my experience, the level in which participants of a group feel that they are personally invested and responsible for a project, the better the project is.