Documentary Essays

Broken Child

The documentary “Broken Child” explored the lives of people, both children to adults, that have been impacted by drug and alcohol abuse, it also showed children who’ve been affected by violence and neglect. Both types of children have one thing in common, a high likelihood to repeat the mistakes of their parents. Whether they’ve grown up living with one or both parents, are adopted, or live in foster care they are at risk. Factors that impact a child’s life are…

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Rivers and Tides

I love golf. I love playing the game. Most people, especially those belonging to the younger age bracket may snigger and say golf is very slow paced. Thus, it is a game for adults, since it requires little energy compared to other sports or games like basketball or football. To those people, I ask you to reconsider. Golf, a very old game, has endured time and has proven to be very good to a person’s health. While it does not…

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The Fog of War

In the opening scenes of the documentary, The Fog of War, Robert McNamara states, “Any military commander who is honest admits that he has made mistakes, errors of judgment. ” Throughout the documentary, I got the sense that McNamara is asking for forgiveness from the American public and is telling them that he wishes things went differently. There are many times throughout the film that McNamara is a sympathetic figure, but they are mainly towards the deaths and tragedies of…

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Documentary Hypotheses

Documentary hypotheses is the persuasion of scholars that the Torah was composed by many writers. The authors of the Pentateuch are thought to come from four different traditions known as J, E, D, and P. The J which stands for the Jaw hist are responsible for most of the genesis. The E stands for Elohist referred God to Elohim (Freidman, 1997). E wrote Aqedah story and other parts of genesis, and much of exodus and numbers. D ( the deutronomist…

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First Documentary

Robert Flaherty’s classic film tells the story of Inuit hunter Nanook and his family as they struggle to survive in the harsh conditions of Canada’s Hudson Bay region. I’d say that the vast majority of footage is staged, in the sense that Flaherty told the actors what to do in order to fit the frame. Yet there is a weird authenticity to what Flaherty ends up with, probably because of all the stories and local culture he had absorbed in…

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I’m a Child Anorexic

In 2006 the BBC made a documentary called ‘I’m a child anorexic’ (appendix 1) it focuses on “Rhodes Farm” – a treatment clinic in north London that specialises in children suffering from anorexia nervosa from girls as young as 12 years old. The programme follows the girls’ highs and lows at the clinic – the initial tantrums as they struggle to eat the foods they fear most, their interactions with staff, the friendships they make, their family dealings and then…

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Swimming in Waste_ Analysis of the Documentary Dive

Jeremy Seifert’s informative documentary The Dive looks deeper into the American enigma of how and why we have 96 billion pounds of food waste a year in our country when 1 billion people a day are starving worldwide. Seifert tells his viewers’ information that can prove there in lay a serious problem. For example there is 96 billion pounds of food wasted every year in America which is enough to feed the nation of Haiti for 5 years and 1…

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Grey Gardens Documentary

The 1975 documentary film tells us about the story of the Beales, “Big Edie” and “Little Edie,” aunt and cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, respectively. The two women lived on poverty and isolation in one of the rooms of the 28-room mansion at one of the neighborhood of East Hampton, New York. Their story being exposed to main publications at that time stirred intrigues and scandals. Watching the film was a hearty experience. Seeing two formerly wealthy women being at…

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Jesus Camp

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…

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Paper Clips

Paper Clips is a documentary about an exclusively white Protestant community, living in the rural area of Tennessee mountains. In 1998, the students of the local Whitwell Middle School, while studying the history lesson on holocaust, came to learn about the extermination of 6 million Jews. However, they could not exactly conceptualize how large a figure 6 million was and sought the teacher’s help. The teacher was unable to explain the enormity of the figure, and what a stupendous loss…

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Shinjuku Boys

The documentary Shinjuku Boys by Kim Longinotto is about three women, Gaish, Tatsu, and Kazuki. They all three decided to live their life as what they think they really are. They consider themselves as “Onabe”. Onabe are women who desires women as their partners, and which is not actually acceptable to the society of Japan. In this paper, I would like to introduce how they struggle being themselves in the Japanese society. The Japanese refuse to use the word lesbian…

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Go Back to Where you Came from Documentary Analysis

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…

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Significants of Gallipoli Film and Documentry

The documentary Gallipoli by Tolga Ornak and the film of the same name by Peter Weir, are useful resources to stimulate middle school student interest in, and engagement with, the story of Galipoli and its context in Wold War 1. The 2005 documentary Gallipoli by Turkish filmmaker Tolga Ornek is a graphic examination of the disastrous Gallipoli campaign told by both sides. The story is explored through primary resources such as personal diaries and letters. By using exerpts from the…

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