News media have traditionally projected sufferers and victims, as well as real-life heroes,
with mere mention of their names and gender or a headshot, among other superficial identity-
related adjectives, while failing to establish a human connection between them and the
audience. This empathy deficit, which plagues us in India and elsewhere, shouldn’t come as a
surprise. To address this ongoing lacking in new media, the “Dawn to Dusk” docuseries
follows characters, showing what their lives look like from morning to evening. Even as the
docuseries host, one of our director-producers, spends the day with the story’s protagonist,
the crew films the bond and conversations that occur as a result.