Watching The Pain of Others

 Watching The Pain of Others


A videographic research diary about Penny Lane’s found footage documentary 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)


'Watching The Pain of Others' is a videographic diary that narrates my intellectual, affective and bodily experiences as I researched the film The Pain of Others (Penny Lane, 2018). The video stands as the story of a research journey and as a performative audiovisual experiment where viewers are invited to reflect upon their own spectatorial mechanisms.

One of Sight and Sound's "Best Video Essays of 2018", this film was screened at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York (US) and the Muestra Internacional Apropiación Audiovisual in Lima (PE).

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).