The Camcorder as a Shield
From Mexico to the Czech Republic, camcorder-toting nonprofessionals are turning video into a human rights tool.
That many of the biggest news events of the past decade were captured by camcorder-toting nonprofessionals suggests that reality TV might well be a medium of the people. By gathering incriminating images from around the globe -- from the mistreatment of psychiatric patients in Mexico to neo-Nazi activities in the Czech Republic to police violence against migrants in South Africa -- Seeing Is Believing depicts the camcorder as a shield. Human-rights abusers, the theory goes, are less inclined to shoot bullets if someone nearby is shooting tape.