Four years ago, Singapore-based documentary filmmaker Tan Siok Siok asked her Twitter friends to contribute ideas for a Twitter documentary. That was the beginning of her crowd-sourced film ‘Twittamentary’. She spent three years travelling across the United States, meeting strangers and documenting experiences on Twitter as she made the film.
Later this year, two Indian social media consultants, Avinash Kalla and Bhaskar Pant, in collaboration with Siok, plan to release a new film for India. “Twittamentary India” will look at the interactions that politicians, journalists and ordinary people have on Twitter in the country.
The essence remains the same as the original “Twittamentary”, a film about the Twitter community with the help of people on the social media website, but exploring different themes.
In India, Twitter has found favour as a platform for politicians to reach out to people and express their opinions. It has also made it easier for people to get access to lawmakers; some have even responded.
“I have been tweeting for the last four years, and I thought why don’t we explore the angle that how is 140 characters handling the dialogue in this so-called world’s largest democracy, how people are now connected to politicians on Twitter, how politicians are connected to Twitter, and journalists, who used to believe that they are the source of information, are now challenged on Twitter,” said Kalla, who contacted Siok via Twitter.