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A new feature allowing Facebook
users to edit their status updates may
result in "stitch-ups", an expert has
Previously, an update would have to
be deleted and reposted with any
changes, losing any comments or "likes".
But the new capability, introduced to
help users correct spelling and
grammatical errors, means posts can be
modified, and their content changed.
Facebook users who liked or interacted
with the original post are not notified of
any changes made. A spokesman for
Facebook explained that the update
was intended to help people address
typos or auto-correct errors, but
wouldn't comment on the potential
vulnerabilities. The capability to edit
posts is already available on rival social
networks, and Facebook has allowed its
users to edit photo updates and their
comments on other people's updates
for some months.
However the lack of notifications
means that users who may have liked
an innocuous post, such as "I love my
cat," could find their name beside a post
which says something entirely different,
or even offensive.
Facebook editing function raises concern over misuse
The importance of film in our societies
was the focus of a panel of film-makers,
producers and programmers at Making Film
Count: The Role of Film in Social Develop-
ment, a panel discussion that was part of
Cameras of Diversity For A Culture of Peace,
a conference held last week at the Hyatt by
the T&T Film Festival (TTFF) and Unesco.
The panel, which included US film-maker
of T&T parentage Shola Lynch, US program-
mer Leslie Fields-Cruz, film-maker and TTFF
founder Bruce Paddington and Bahamian film-
maker Maria Govan took place on September
26.Paddington, who was behind the ground-
breaking Banyan production company, said
the camera is like a weapon in capturing the
essence of a good story, especially if the story
is based on true events, like those of the rev-
olutionary periods. And a film can help the
audience to live or relive those moments.
Paddington, whose film Forward Ever: The
Killing of the Grenada Revolution, which tells
the story of Grenada Revolution and the 1983
killing of Prime Minister Maurice Bishop, said
he was happy to see that many films in the
festival this year were covering really hard-
hitting social issues like gang violence, racism
"We are following the vision of Unesco
which is to promote peace," he said. He said
with the visual arts being added to the school
curriculum, this was an engine to get young
people involved in film-making and in the
practice of seeing themselves."
Govan also spoke passionately about the
stories that must be told about forgotten com-
munities and how important it is for local
broadcasting networks to invest in local films.
She said many small film-makers do not
make money as oftentimes funds are hard to
come by, especially when it s known the type
of film you re making. Distribution is another
problem she says. However, she believes if
the story is one that must be told, then the
recoup of money is really secondary.
Govan said early in her film-making career,
she sought to highlight social issues like pover- ty, drug abuse and lost communities but it
was difficult to get the support from the rel-
evant authorities, even in terms of providing
information needed during production of
Lynch, producer of Free Angela and All
Political Prisoners, said film-makers have to
be scientific and aggressive about seeking
funding. She said though many doors may
get shut in film-makers faces, they must not
become discouraged or give up. She spoke
about negative experiences she had while
making her first documentary, Chisholm 72:
Unbought & Unbossed, the story of Shirley
Chisholm, first African-American woman to
be elected to Congress and then to run for
president in 1972.
"I was very aggressive about it, applying
for over 150 grants. More or less anybody who
I thought would have been interested in the
story of Shirley Chislom.
"For the most part I was rejected, but the
thing is if you applied to so many grants and
you tailor each one and you really pitch to
each one you will get a certain percentage of
favourable responses," she said.
"At the end of that year I had raised the
funds to tell that story.
So it is not a matter of just being lucky. It s
about being scientific about it and aggressive
about it with complete femininity. Asking is
not only for men," she said.
Lynch s documentary about Angela Davis,
the black political activist who was a leading
figure in the US Civil Rights movement was
part of this year s TTFF lineup.
It was the first time one of Lynch s films
was screened at the festival.
The panel at Making Film Count spoke
about the absence of support for the local
film industry from local television networks.
It was agreed the time was overdue for local
cinemas and television broadcasting
networks to develop a culture of supporting
their own. In fact, it should be a matter of
public service, they said.
The T&T Film Festival ends today.
Guardian Media Ltd has been the official
media partner of the festival.
A PUBLIC SERVICE VIEW
American filmmaker Shola Lynch, left, VP National Black Programming Consortium/Afro-Pop Worldwide Leslie Fields-Cruz, filmmaker Bruce
Paddington and Bahamian filmmaker Maria Govan during the panel discussion on the Role of Film in the Society held at the Hyatt last Thursday
by UNESCO and the T&T Film Festival. PHOTO: SHIRLEY BAHADUR
The Dream of Lu (Carlos Sama/ 2011/ Mexico/
Drama / 106 mins/ Spanish with English subtitles/
For all ages) 8.30pm MovieTowne POS.
The best film of this year s TTFF, and the only film
recommended twice, The Dream of Lu is everything
The powerful Dream of Lu
Continues on Page A34
The eighth T&T Film Festival, which began on September 17, ends today
with the screening of Tula: The Revolt.
T&T Guardian columnist, BC Pires, has been writing about film from an
informed lay perspective since March 1988. He served on the first T&T Film
Festival jury in 2009 and wrote the Jury s Report. BC has picked a Film of
the Day for every day of the festival. His final choice, for today, is:
WHY FILM IS IMPORTANT
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