It is a wonderful thought/idea...but I fear as so many good intentions go, it would become fodder for others to use against the AB community instead. And I really worry about how those who participate might be hurt or harmed as a result...
I'm taking part in a documentary that is currently being produced in the uk
I heard about a documentary being produced by people in the UK pretty recently. I believe the title is called Forever Young. It sounds like that's the one you will be in, correct?
I think for something like this to be successful, it has to be done by people either in the kink community or independent enough that they aren't going to sensationalize stuff for ratings.
I honestly don't think that a documentary will change the general public's perception of the lifestyle even in the slightest. No matter what anybody on this forum or elsewhere has said, to the general public - we are far from normal, and any attraction which has even the most extremely remote connection to children is going to be viewed as dangerous by Joe Six-Pack. I cannot think of many (if any) documentaries on alternative sexual stuff (unrelated to AB/DL) that hasn't made me go "wow that's messed up". I might be more accepting of it due to what I do behind closed doors, but it still hasn't changed my opinion.
To me, a documentary should have the goal of presenting the facts on the matter and let the audience make up their own minds. Anything else would be a great embarrassment for us.
I think that it's a matter of who the intended audience is. If an accurate, non-biased, and language-sensitive documentary was released to the general public, it might not be perceived for what it is worth. However, the same documentary might be viewed differently if the film was strictly syndicated among the academic community. Perhaps then a documentary would be effective. I think ultimately film is not the best medium to convey information on the subject; written materials such as books, given the occasion, tend to attract more open audiences.
I think most documentaries we have had on the subject of AB/DL have taken us in the opposite direction of social acceptance. Because they do kind of paint us as a bunch of social outcasts with other things that set us apart from the general population apart from AB/DL. The reason for this is that controversy sells and no self respecting modern journalist or documentarian is going to waste time by interviewing average joe, who just happens to wear diapers at home with his wife. No, they are going to interview the person who is 24/7 and goes about in the community as an open AB/DL, someone they can paint as slightly insane, just to get viewers.
I think if an AB or DL made a documentary about us and somehow managed to get it on the air one day, it might be a step in the right direction, but we cannot trust the media to tell our story. Look what happened to Stanley, or Baby Ella for Christ's sake.
Apologies if this has already been covered, but..
This has been a running theme in the furry community for quite some time. While there have been many documentaries (or other types media) produced, few if any have portrayed it in anything most us of us would call an accurate manner. The overwhelming tendency is, as is the complaint here, to focus on the few sensational aspects rather than the rest.
While I do share the loathing most here have for the inaccurate or skewed presentation of either community, it really comes down to the core goal of documentary making for the mass media; wide-scale appeal. As an example, take rubbernecking at a car accident - most (if not all) of us have turned their heads for a look in that circumstance, but I'll wager few would take anywhere near as much interest in details such as where the driver happened to be going to at the time. For the driver, this is probably a big deal - late for work or worse - and the same can be said for the ABDL; our inner motivation for behaving in such an unusual manner to most is far less interesting than the action itself.
As with furry, many have discussed the wish for a documentary which illustrates the community in an accurate light, and sadly I think that many typical viewers would simply end up changing the channel. Hardly the kind of thing a network would find desirable to broadcast.