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Auto/biographical Ethics: The Case of The Shoebox

From: a/b: Auto/Biography Studies
Volume 28, Number 2, Winter 2013
pp. 192-211 | 10.1353/abs.2013.0011



What ethical considerations are encountered when making an interactive auto/biographical documentary based on the true story of an orphaned ten-year-old girl who is also the author’s mother? Making The Shoebox, the author discovered that both her familial relationship with the protagonist and its online delivery challenged the subject’s informed consent.