Mass media changes the way how people think, and especially change the way how people present their opinions. Most common way of how people present their ideas is talking, but the fast development and popularisation of mass media ends to give people alternative ways to speak out their thoughts, and encourage them to talk about on everything, even politics, the most sensitive topic. Now these days, speaking though a media ends gets more and more popular since 20th century to 21st century, these days, people can post a statement on twitter, Facebook, they can broadcast their opinion in the radio, and yes, they can make a film and delivery their viewpoints by a film.
Films are telling audience stories and facts though voices and images. It’s more persuasive than simple languages. It drags audience into a story, a scene so they can understand the story of film and receive the messages sent by director better. Hence it is more often films become the document to expose ugly facts around world in different corners and the files represent peoples’ standpoints though a visual presentation.
The film in the 2018 Melbourne International Film Festival called UNDERMINED: TALES FROM THE KIMBERLEY was a good example. The film is a documentary form, it tells audiences what is happening to the indigenous people in the area in North region of West Australia where is far away from most of Australian publics. Because of the geometrical location of the Kimberley area, it is hard for publics to knows what is going on there and what is the local people’s appeal. Even what happening in the Kimberley area are associated with environment which is hottest topic in the world, public won’t the story until, the director Nicholas Wrathall brings the story into the screen of Melbourne International Film Festival. This film uncovers the facts of current aboriginal’s living situation and explores their understanding of their land associated with their own Culture. The film as a medium to transport the message from the indigenous people who lived in North West of Australian to everyone in Australia and the rest of the World. Their voices can be heard by others though the film. This is a really amazing part of film. Film is a tool to make a better world in a different way.
However, films can also be used to broadcast injustice. During the second world war, Nazism promoted their standpoint and even themselves to public though making Nazi Propaganda films, their own film office called NSDAP was established in 1931 and produced hundreds of Nazi propaganda films since then, examples like Erbkarnk, Alles Leben and etc.
It is widely known now that films can tell public stories, delivery messages, appeal peace and work in so many other justice ways, it also can be used as tool by terrorists to broadcast their evil opinions. Film festival as a platform to present most of the films from the category of social justice, the film festival should take the responsibility of making sure that films selected in the film festival reveals the positive and healthy information to the public.