I wanted to call your attention to - and spark discussion about - this blog entry - http://lindaraftree.wordpress.com/2010/09/30/3-films-about-the-devadasi/ - which discusses the portrayal of prostitutes in India in a 2010 film and posts a short rebuttal by members of Veshya Anyay Mukti Parishad (meaning 'Prostitutes' Freedom from Injustice') or "VAMP".
Blogger Linda Raftree writes, in part, "Their reaction is one of anger and feelings of betrayal. They denounce the filmmaker (Sarah Harris) for laughing at them, making fun of them, disrespecting them, misinterpreting their stories and making public judgment calls on their religious practices....What is interesting about this case is that the community saw it and reacted publicly."
Raftree poses questions in her blog entry that probe: what steps the filmmaker took (or did not take) to secure informed consent, where the communication breakdown occurred and what steps were taken to try to avoid it, what ownership community members had of the content of the film and the storyline, whether they put at high risk or otherwise threatened when the filmmaker released her film, and whether the filmmaker thought about the ramifications that her film would carry for the communities where she had filmed.
I'm wondering what your take is on this particular example of media practices, ethics, and imagery intersecting. Please send through your thoughts to this forum! [Apologies for cross-posting].