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"As a documentary filmmaker [...] you have to want to hear and to listen. I usually do a sound interview before I go in with a camera crew to just listen as long as I can until I feel I know what the story is. I always go back to the first interview I did because what goes on there is never going to happen again. Often people get very moved by what they're talking about and sometimes they say things they never said to anyone before; it's very sacred. I think it's so important to want to hear and have a lot of respect for the subject that you are going to be working with; but listen until you feel what you know what the story is."
-- Alanis Obomsawin


Source:
Commanda, Erica. "Alanis Obomsawin on listening to the messenger, Jordan's Principle and why we must never give-up." Interview with Alanis Obomsawin. Muskrat Magazine, September 10, 2019.