Essays on Documentary

Living in a Food Desert Documentary
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I chose to do my reaction paper on “Living in a Food Desert” documentary. The term “Food Desert” was new to me until I watched the filmed. Food deserts are defined as “areas where people cannot access affordable and nutritious food. “ It was very interesting yet alarming to learn that in some scarceness areas, there are places that lack food providers such as farmer’s market, grocery stores, and other healthy providers. The underlining issue is that food desert can…...
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H.O.P.E. What You Eat Matters Documentary Analysis
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My biggest take-away and realization from watching the documentary “H.O.P.E. What You Eat Matters” is that the cure for disease is in our diet, not in conventional medicine. Additionally, It is more sustainable to eat a plant based diet in comparison to a meat based diet. After watching “H.O.P.E. What You Eat Matters” recently and “What The Health” in the past, I find it somewhat comical but also frustrating that conventional medicine is seen as the logical cure for diseases…...
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Documentary Supersize Me by Morgan Spurlock
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Supersize Me (Spurlock, 2004) is a documentary starring Morgan Spurlock, incidentally Spurlock directed this documentary as well. This documentary trails Spurlock as he endeavors to eat only McDonalds food for thirty days. Spurlock eats everything on McDonald’s menu at least once. He decided to do this experiment to prove the changes that can occur to our bodies when we eat unhealthily, and that obesity is spreading, and the fast food companies don’t or won’t do something to fix it. This…...
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Reflection of Documentary of John Berger’s “Ways of Seeing”
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One of the ideas in the video that caught my attention was Berger’s pronouncement of our tendency to perceive visual art through the frame of our personal experiences, which I think is just psychologically natural for any person, but nevertheless it is worth mentioning and expounding. Also, another idea associated with the one mentioned above is how the historic invention of camera and the subsequent reproduction of images changed the way we perceive the meaning of visual arts, in particular…...
“Incident at Morales” Executive Summary
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Executive Summary In this paper, I will discuss about the incident at Morales. I will identify some ethical, technical, and economical issues. I will also identify the stakeholders and some social and political constraint on some solutions. Finally, I will state some alternate actions and evaluate them according to basic ethical values. Introduction Ethical responsibilities continue past the U.S. borders. Wherever the engineer practice, they should prioritize the safety and health of the public. The professionally duties of the engineers…...
“What the Health” Documentary Critique
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Animal products are a staple in the diet of many Americans. Most Americans eat things like cheese, eggs, and meat on a daily basis, but how does it affect their health? This was the main question that the documentary What the Health was trying to answer. While it is a well-structured and informative documentary, most of the focus is on the impact that eating animal products takes on our health, while it scarcely mentions the environmental impact of eating and…...
Prison System of the United States in “13th” Documentary
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13th is a documentary that goes into depth about the prison system in the United States. In the documentary Obama says, “the United States is home to five percent of the world’s population, but 25 percent of the world’s prisoners” and in the documentary it says “40 percent of them are black.” (DuVernay) It shows how the American justice system has been driven by racism from the start of slavery to today and our mass incarceration, which shows the role…...
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Analysis of Incredible Documentary “13th”
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The documentary, “13th” by Ava Duvernay presented an incredible documentary in which she went in-depth displaying the prison house scheme in the United States and how it played a big part in racial inequality. Duvernay uses various sociological theoretical perspectives, particularly structural functionalism. What is structural functionalism? The communities of people are viewed as each aspect of society’s roles as independent, meaning that the community of people of each individual has their own goals which lead to the society coming…...
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Analysis of the Documentary “13th”
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The documentary “13th” follows the timeline from when the 13th Amendment was signed to the 2016 presidential election. The documentary depicts how the American justice system has been driven by racism from the days of slavery to today’s era of mass incarceration. It is named for the constitutional amendment that abolished slavery with the exception of punishment for crime. The film opens with a pretty alarming statistic: The United States accounts for five percent of the world’s population, but 25…...
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Analysis of “13th” Documentary
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Abraham Lincoln approved an Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would forever change the culture of America; “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction” (U. S. Constitution Amend. XIII). At the time this proclamation was issued it seemed to give a bright future for America; however, a loophole was widely exploited that allowed for a…...
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Cultural Event Essay: 13th Documentary
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“13th”, directed by Ava DuVernay, makes the case that slavery did not end in the United States after the establishment of the 13th amendment, but instead is now legal in the form of punishment for criminals. The documentary proposes the idea that Americans constantly avoid acknowledging issues, causing the prison/industrial complex to become a loophole to serve as justification for continuing domination of people of color. “13th” warns American citizens of the dangers of prisons and the people’s history of…...
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The Netflix Film “13th” and its Relationship to Philosophical Ideas
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The Netflix documentary 13th, directed by Ava DuVernay, is a documentary that takes an in-depth look into the details of the United States prison systems and its relationship to racial inequality in America. The documentary begins by introducing some statistics about the United States prison system. The United States makes up only five percent of the world’s population, however, twenty-five percent of the people in the world who are imprisoned are in the United states; that statistic is absolutely staggering.…...
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Modern-Day Prison Labor System in 13th Documentary
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America is the universal symbol of freedom, many countries look to us for guidance when in need of liberation. However, very few are aware that America has 5% of the world's population, yet has 25% of the world's prisoners. America-land of the free has ¼ of the population incarcerated 2.3 million prisoners 323.1 million Americans. America has the highest rate of incarceration in the world and yet, we’re the “land of free”? Directed by Ava DuVernay, “13th” exposes the modern-day…...
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15 Mind Blowing Documentaries on Netflix You Can Watch Right Now
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There are different film genres to suit almost all kinds of preferences, but there is something unique about documentary films. The focus on storytelling devoid of fiction is something that surely builds a special bond to every documentary. It just feels so relatable. With Netflix's array of content, it is impossible not to find something that would interest you no matter your taste. So if you are on a film binge and documentaries are your thing, this list of 15…...
The Traditional Documentary and the Docusoap
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Analyze the Traditional Documentary and the Docusoap. Discuss how you would direct your own trailer for a Documentary about your school using storyboards. Ingredients of Documentaries As with all programmes on the television documentaries and docusoaps have many ingredients. Many of these we don't realise as we are watching our television. The scheduling of the programme is one of these ingredients. Documentaries are scheduled at different times and at different times depending on their target audience. A docusoap, such as…...
Bill Nichols’ Observation of Documentary Filmmaking
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Throughout film history, documentary and fiction films have denoted the polar opposites of film form with each representing two distinct and separate traditions, the cinema of reality and the cinema of fiction (Doherty 16). However what was once a clear distinction has become blurred as the increasing popularity of mockumentary continues to weaken the assumed boundaries between fact and fiction (Sicinski). Prior to this ‘blurring of the lines’ the documentary genre enjoyed a privileged position amongst screen forms due its…...
Heartless the Documentary
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Elisha Harrison "Lord, sweet Lord how come she [is] so ugly. Ugly. Ugly." Imagine being a mere child and having this said to you, from your own parent, with it being such a significant thought that it becomes an all-consuming belief. Constance Briscoe knows all too well of this reality she faced for years of her life, with this being one of the more docile examples of abuse, that both her mother and stepfather took part in. Hello TV executives…...
Comparing Documentary Films
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My first source is an article from the website crosstalk and my second source is from the documentary called "Behind the curve" by Daniel J Clark. In conclusion the documentary presents an examination of the flat earth idea from several perspectives. One of them is Mark Sergent. He talks about his life as an active member of the flat earth community. Throughout the film, the flat earthers discuss their experimental approaches to confirming their theory. When director Clark was asked…...
Homeless Youth of ChicagoThe documentary Homestretch documents the lives of three homeless
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Homeless Youth of ChicagoThe documentary Homestretch documents the lives of three homeless young people Roque, Kasey and Anthony. They strive to finish high school and make a better life for themselves. Each goes through the turbulence of their emotional growth as their lives continually shift. The documentary shows the battle that homeless youth face and how their district can offer to help and make available necessary resources like short-term housing and education programs for students who had to leave school…...
The documentary The Corporation looks at the theory of the corporation throughout
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The documentary, The Corporation looks at the theory of the corporation throughout recent history up to today's day dominance. Corporation has become a dominant economic, political and social force around the globe. Joel Bakan one of the writer of the film The Corporation, did an extensive interview with authorities in the corporate world and each person had their own definition of a corporation. One person define corporation as part of a jigsaw in society as a whole, which if you…...
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Beer Wars-Documentary Review
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Introduction Beer Wars was a very eye-opening documentary. It was interesting to see how the market share of the largest beer company, Anheiser-Busch, has grown throughout the years. In 1965, Anheiser-Busch had a meager market share of twelve percent. As marketing on television grew in popularity, Anheiser-Busch’s market share grew as well. By 1985, Anheiser-Busch’s market share had grew to thirty-seven percent. By 2005, Anheiser-Busch’s market share had grown to an enormous forty-nine percent. This was very shocking to me…...
Review on Beer Wars Documentary
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Beer Wars is a documentary film directed and produced by Anat Baron and released in April of 2009. It focuses on the struggle between the dominating corporate businesses of Anheuser-Busch, Miller Brewing Company, Coors Brewing Company, and the smaller independent businesses of “craft beers” such as Dogfish Head Brewery, The Boston Beer Company, and The New Belgium Brewing Company. The film covers many aspects of the beer “wars” between the companies such as competitive advertising, product quality, price, distribution, and…...
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Who Killed the Electric Car: Documentary Analysis?
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The audience is the jury. Paine is the lawyer. The case: who killed the electric car? Suspects: the government, consumers, battery technology, oil companies, California Air and Resource Board (CARB) and the hydrogen fuel cell. Directed by Chris Paine, Who Killed the Electric Car? is a documentary about the demise of the electric car seen through the eyes of an electric car activist (previous GM EV1 owner) and current electric car driver (Toyota RAV4 EV). As Chris Paine takes the…...
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Why Documentaries Are Important?
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A week ago, I watched the documentary "Super Size Me" and I thought that it showed very well how dangerous it is to eat fast-food on regular basis. It affects your body and I don't think many people know that. How could they know it if they aren't going to read studies on how dangerous it is. Not many people have the time, or want to make time, to read a study. It is more fun and effective when you…...
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Documentary “Paper Clips”
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Paper Clips is a documentary about a specifically white Protestant neighborhood, living in the rural location of Tennessee mountains. In 1998, the students of the regional Whitwell Intermediate school, while studying the history lesson on holocaust, pertained to learn more about the extermination of 6 million Jews. Nevertheless, they might not precisely conceive how big a figure 6 million was and looked for the teacher's help. The instructor was not able to describe the enormity of the figure, and what…...
A Documentary “Jesus Camp”
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Jesus Camp is a documentary about the beliefs and rituals of the Evangelistic people all around America. Many people believe that these Evangelists are taking Christianity to a whole new level. In the movie, parents raise their kids to believe that being Christian is the only right thing. You are either a believer in God or not. In the documentary, the directors, Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady show how Evangelists have shifted far right and away from the ideals and…...
The Cove Reflection
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The Cove is an Academy Award-winning documentary about the horrifying and merciless slaughter of dolphins in Japan. I watched the film in absolute horror... Sometimes with my hand covering my eyes, and saw something horrible, something bloodier and more brutal than any fictional horror movie could ever do to my mind. I’d seen the previews of the bright red water in the cove where dolphins were killed. I just never realized that what I would learn in the documentary and…...
The Corporation Film
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Introduction In this essay you will find a detailed film reflection on the Corporation. The award winning documentary was released in 2004 by Mark Achbar, Jennifer Abbott & Joel Bakan. Favourite scene When i started watching the documentary i was a bit bored but it changed rapidly and i was glued to my computer for the entire documentary, despite it’s length. A favourite scene or scene that emotionally touch me the most is herefore hard to choose. I found many…...
Biyaheng Edsa Documentary Film Review
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In February 23, 1986, 2 million of Filipinos gathered 4 days along Epifanio delos Santos Avenue, more popularly known as EDSA, but in 1959 it is called as Highway 54. 25 years later, the multitude still converges on EDSA every day, comprising a vibrant complex entity of society. In 2006, Howie Severino and his I-Witness team walked along the length of EDSA to see what they might learn about how Filipinos have fared in the 20 years since the People…...
Documentary Analysis
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There are many different views about refugees in Australian society, where illegal boat people and over flowing detention centres are a controversial problem today. Go Back To Where You Came From is a documentary directed by Ivan O’Mahoney about a social experiment that challenges the dominant views of six Australians about refugees and asylum seekers. These six Australians are taken on a 25 day journey where they are placed into the troubled “worlds” of refugees. For a few of the…...
Oras Na GMA Environmental Documentary
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Oras Na, a GMA News and Public Affairs environmental documentary hosted by Richard Gutierrez gave us a 60 minute view of how our nature looks like in this new generation. Every minute, every hour of our own life, and the uses of out natural resources, this documentary showed us what we need to know - our nature’s deadline. Experts gave deadlines to our country’s natural resources. In 2025, trees in the forests of our country may possibly be gone. Same…...
Bunso (The Youngest) Movie Review
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Bunso is a documentary film about three boys struggling to survive in an overpopulated jail somewhere in Cebu. The film showed three different stories of minor offenders named Tony short for Anthony, Diosel, and Bunso. This is a very heartbreaking film that can make you see the reality. When I was still eleven, I wake up and eat my breakfast prepared by my mother after that I play and sleep and play again. I complain because my clothes aren’t new…...
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Control Room Analysis
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In the documentary Control Room, the film makers construct their argument through the media and it's portrayal of the “War on Terror”. The film makers follow an Iraqi television station, Al Jazeera. The station broadcasts the “War on Terror” to the average Iraqi citizen as well as closely reports the atrocities of war at ground zero. Through this, the film maker voices the dismay of the Iraqi citizens as well as the assumed false intentions of the American troops. Throughout…...
“The Persuaders” Report on documentary for marketing class
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In this documentary, PBS uncovers the evolution of marketing. Marketing has moved from targeting large groups, to targeting individuals and smaller segments. With so many messages being transmitted through the media, the line between what is being absorbed and what is not has become blurred. Getting through the clutter is difficult. Every thing is done to break through the clutter. Therefore, marketers need to market to only those who really want to hear the message, and to get those people…...
Inside Job Documentary Film
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The ‘Inside Job’ film (documentary film) draws parallel views to the referenced text “Impact on Accounting” of this course coupled with the associated research executed during the past weeks with respect to understanding the cause of the financial crisis. The documentary film zeros in on the contributory factors of the financial crisis such as falling interest rates, securitization of home mortgages and credit default swaps (derivatives). Other stunning contributory factors expressed in the documentary film were greed in addition to…...
Food Inc. Documentary
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Food Inc. is a documentary directed by Robert Kenner targeted towards the general public about the ugly truths behind the food industries. The documentary outlines the procedures taken to process the food that surrounds us, with the aim to expose and change the basis, footprints, and corruption behind this process. Kenner successfully does this through several techniques and strategies used to persuade and motivate others to make a difference. Throughout the documentary Kenner covers the basis of how these products…...
Seeds of Death Unveiling the Lies of GMO
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The documentary that I watched is called Seeds of Death Unveiling the Lies of GMO. I found this documentary to be very interesting because it tells you about genetically modified organisms and the damages it can do to humans, animals and our environment. This documentary tells you that the companies that produce the genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are more interested in making money than worrying about the consequences of it making humans sick, killing animals, insects and how it is…...
“Let’s Talk About Sex” Documentary
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James Houston put together the documentary “Let’s Talk About Sex” that highlights the differences between American’s approach to sex education and that of other countries like the Netherlands. The stereotypes, controversy, and irony all related to sex is put out in the open and discussed. Throughout the film, it is obvious that America’s ways of sex education and attitude towards sex has created a negative connotation. The Europeans have a much more open approach when it comes to the discussion…...
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Documentary Film Analysis Worksheet
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Instructions: You will find the list of films you can choose from in the Assignment tab. Go to the list and pick your film. You must view the entire film. If you can’t access films because of deployment, geographic location, or other reasons, please let your instructor know so they can give you an alternate assignment. Please type you answers into this sheet. You must submit the worksheet by uploading the worksheet as a Word document You must answer in…...
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H.O.P.E. What You Eat Matters Documentary Analysis
...In conclusion, the film has convinced me to cut back on my animal product consumption, but due to multiple logical fallacies and subjective beliefs presented in the film, I will not completely follow the recommended diet that the film suggests. I do ...
Who Killed the Electric Car: Documentary Analysis?
...Overall, Chris Paine has crafted an important film with a strong message that not only calls to task the officials who terminated the Zero Emission Vehicle mandate, but all of the other accomplices. This documentary investigates the death and resurre...
Why Documentaries Are Important?
...Documentaries are also important to show the world some urgent troubles in the world, like global warming. I know that every time i see a documentary that shows how global warming is getting worse, I feel guilty and I'm more aware of biking to school...

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