Simple stories about a messy world can’t help us.

If we understand the world as a dense truculent clamour of things then what would it be to use the form of documentary to try and show that. Not explain but acknowledge the legitimate clamouring of all this stuff.

If everything is messy and complex then documentaries should account for it and not conceal it behind abstraction and generalisations.

Stories matter but they are a human cultural device. Documentary as a non-fiction practice should not be about something but should be with something.

We don’t need more people telling us what they think about stuff. We need more ways of letting things speak for themselves.

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