Insights to documentary filmmaking and Searching for Hell project shares Darek Barecki – director of “A postcard from hell” etude..
What attracted you to the Searching for Hell project? How different was working on the Searching for Hell film for you personally from your previous films?
Personally, I have never been to hell before. Curiosity, to see what it’s like? Maybe. For one thing, I did not expect Hell to be so small – a cozy, personal-size destination. Figuratively speaking, that is. My previous film? Like Hell, the location can be found on a map. I can be certain only of one of them.
The subject of Hell is very universal. What’s your personal definition of Hell in our contemporary world? How would you define it?
I hope to never collect enough experience to define hell. Trying to “find hell before it finds you,” to quote one line from the film, might not be as exotic an expedition, after all. Quite the opposite. It can be banal and within your hand’s reach, and more frightening because of that.
What do you see as the most important message that your film carries? What would you like to pass on to the audience?
Fear works. If only as an after-thought of your own bad deed. And fear spurs aggression. I have hope in humanity to forgo the sequence of misdeed and consequence, to get rid of self-induced fear. These are conscious choices. Do not give hell a cause to be, then you won’t have to fear it. It, simply, won’t exist.
What was the biggest challenge in shooting Searching For Hell and what surprised you most during the creation of the film?
Finding it. Then, having found it, to realize that it is was only make believe. The real hell is for each of us to make and to face.
What inspires you to create documentaries?
No other mechanism but the subject should inspire you to make a documentary. Ego out the window. No benefit to your dream of stardom or wealth – so, no inspiration there. You give and expect nothing in return, but have to really be empathetic to understand what you are trying to say, on behalf of another. If inspiration comes not from the subject itself, you’re making the wrong film.
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