Watching The Pain of Others

 Watching The Pain of Others


A deeply personal desktop diary about Penny Lane’s The Pain of Others (2018)


Watching the Pain of Others, a personal essay film by filmmaker Chloé Galibert-Laîné, [… is] one of the best films ever made about watching a documentary.

David Schwartz (Chief Curator at the Museum of the Moving Image)


In this deeply personal video diary, a young researcher tries to make sense of her fascination for the film "The Pain of Others" by Penny Lane. A deep dive into the discomforting world of YouTube and online conspiracies, that challenges traditional notions of what documentary cinema is, or should be.

An interview about this film is available here.

This film was produced in the context of my doctoral research project about “Netnographic Cinema”, conducted in the art-research program SACRe (Ecole normale supérieure de Paris / PSL University) under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Dork Zabunyan (Université Paris 8).

English and French subtitles available (via the CC button in the bottom right corner of the player).