Donald Margulies’ Time Stands Still provides a sneak peek of a photojournalist’s life as she battles pressure on love, career and purpose. The play was definitely moving and thought-provoking especially for someone like me who knows not much about the world of a journalist as I grew up surrounded by entrepreneurs and and engineers. Life’s deepest questions were depicted in a way that made me rethink my own.
What are we here for? How do we draw the line between what’s moral and not for a photojournalist covering the war?
Technically, the purpose of a photojournalist is to capture the story of these events to make the world act and make things right. When do you decide to just stay still to capture the moment or to move and help the people hurt? At what point can you last just watching behind the lens?
Photojournalism is an occupation that people earn from. Is there a moral question that needs to be answered when people earn from pictures of people’s sorrow? How different is this from entrepreneurs who earn from margins from consumers?
When and what will make a photojournalist stop putting his or her life in danger? Does it only take one event for one to quit and enjoy life’s joys in a different way? Until when can one put her life in constant misery given the reality that media may not even care about these things 24/7?
I now have questions about things I never really thought about. What seemed easy to answer on the surface suddenly became more complicated in real life situations.
Props to the direction of Rem Zamora and to the performances of Ana Abad Santos, Nonie Buencamino, Nor Domingo and Giannina Ocampo who moved me to tears in various scenes. It was my first time to watch a play that I personally chose. It didn’t disappoint and I’m looking forward to more!
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