Documentary Essays


The Lost Boys of Sudan Essay

Essay Prompt The movie – The Lost Boys of Sudan – 1) Discuss the initial issues presented (if referred to therapy) by individuals and families in the process of re-location to another country. 2) What are ongoing issues as individuals and families get settled in another country? Describe the issues for the individuals in the specific video viewed in your class. 3) Consider and discuss how you would establish rapport with individuals in the initial phase of therapy; how would you engage individuals and families initially? 4) As individuals and families get settled (and re-settled) into the new country, how Continue Reading...

Seaworld Blackfish Documentary Essay

Blackfish: The documentary That Exposes SeaWorld   Abstract When the documentary, “Blackfish” was released in 2013, SeaWorld officials initially responded by blaming falling attendance on negative media attention, but the falloff in attendance on the part of the general public confirmed that there was widespread outrage over the conditions in which orca whales were maintained. The documentary focused on Tilikim, a wild-caught orca whale that was subjected to medieval conditions that caused him to turn on his human trainers and kill several. This essay provides an analysis concerning the… Continue Reading...

Liberation Theology Meets Humankind Embrace

(1990). "Towards a Theology of Liberation." Liberation Theology: A documentary History. Edited by Hennelly. Alfred T. Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis Books, 62-76. Maritain J, (1945). Christianity and Democracy, London: Geoffrey Bles. McCann J, (1993). Church and Organization. Scranton: University of Scranton Press. Merkle J, (2001). "From Catholic Social Teaching to Catholic Social Tradition," in M. Barnes (ed.), Theology and the Social Sciences. Maryknoll, Orbis, 241-258. Phan P, (1984). Message of the Fathers of the Church: Social Thought, Wilmington: Glazier. Phan P, (2001). "Social Science and Ecclesiology: Cybernetics," in M. Barnes (ed.), Theology and the Social Sciences. Maryknoll: Orbis, 59-87. PHAN… Continue Reading...

Obesity and Fatness in America Body Image

food on the health of Americans focusing on the documentary film "Super-Size Me" that accuses Mcdonald as the major contributor of health effects of American people. According to the author, the obesity is threatening the health of the American society because there is likely to be an increase in the childhood obesity in the nearest future. Thus, the author suggests that Americans should inculcate a diet culture to get thin. These concepts can be juxtaposed with John Kasson's examination of the concept of the "Perfect Man" and how that plays into the American conscious regarding body image and obesity.… Continue Reading...

American Body Culture Annotated Bibliography

fast food on the health of Americans focusing on the documentary film "Super-Size Me" that accuses Mcdonald as the major contributor of health effects of American people. According to the author, the obesity is threatening the health of the American society because there is likely to be an increase in the childhood obesity in the nearest future. Thus, the author suggests that Americans should inculcate a diet culture to get thin. Carla, Rice. "Becoming "the Fat Girl": Acquisition of an Unfit Identity." Women's Studies International Forum 30, no. 2 (2007): 158-74. Carla explores the theory of feminist poststructuralist of… Continue Reading...

Challenges Of Nigerian Writers in English

in print up till now. As explained by him in a documentary, in Nigerian English, word italicization may be rather political: for instance, while 'escargot' -- a French word -- isn't italicized, 'egusi' is. Further, Imasuen protests against the way things are needlessly explained for foreign audiences. For instance, any author who has a sentence along the lines of, say, "she dipped her hand in the eba," will follow with an explanation of the word 'eba'. His frustration appears to be clear when he states that readers can simply look up the word on Google, and authors need not… Continue Reading...

Death and Faith from Existentialist Point Of View

that "philosophies of possible existence is just a quest until it becomes real through philosophical lives" (Wildermuth, 2007). The documentary film named 2010's Being in the World has five philosophers who discuss Heidegger's philosophy. In the same film, there were four 'craftsmen': a chef of New Orleans, a carpenter of Japan, a guitarist of Flamenco and a Jazz ensemble. The idea of introducing such people in the film was to present Heidegger's thought with real-life stories with 'temporality' faces that show 'anticipatory resoluteness'. It gives a definition and meaning to our lives through our projects, removing ourselves from 'the They'… Continue Reading...

Imagery and Themes Of Baraka

Baraka -- Post Ron Fricke's Baraka (1992) is a truly stunning experiment in documentary film. It provides no traditional narrative but instead invites the viewer to feast his or her eyes on the wonders of the world. The opening shots of the immense, snow-capped mountain ranges accompanied by the haunting flute-like, Oriental sounds of a musical instrument indicate that there is something more -- something glorious going on below the surface. The thoughtful-looking (with its very human-like face) monkey in the hot spring, the stars in the sky, the solar eclipse -- and the title card… Continue Reading...

Inside the Meltdown

America's Bankrupt Banks (Inside the Meltdown). Retrieved from Top documentary Films: http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/america-bankrupt-banks-inside-meltdown/ Continue Reading...

Life Of Buddha

as a location for meditation. 10. Based on the PBS documentary, The Buddha, how would you define "asceticism"? What role did ascetic practices play in the development of the Buddha's thinking? Asceticism means severe self-discipline. An individual cannot indulge. This played a role in how Buddha thought and his teachings. Part of his teachings is to not drink, have sex, or lie. This is implying one should practice extreme self-discipline and be mindful. 11. In this documentary, a saddhu says that when you only eat once every 24 hours, every second teaches you what the truth is. What do you… Continue Reading...

Jonathan Giver Scholarship

Hollywood, I have been able to acquire important insights into documentary filmmaking and acquired novel skills, including multiple lighting techniques. I have understood the intrinsic challenges linked to relating a tale with no support of any major studio. I have recognized, in my work with the studio, the significance of storyboards for filmmakers and how data is to be appropriately and correctly recorded during location shooting. My work with the editing room was the task I found most enjoyable, as it helped hone my Premiere skills. Further, at this particular production stage, I found I was being most useful.… Continue Reading...

Athens and Sparta

texts. References MAG. Alexander the Great - Engineering an Empire - History Channel documentary. You Tube. 2015. Retrieved from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWmPatcOy90. Continue Reading...

Fundamentalism and Evolution at the Scopes Trial

goes on today -- that is asked even now (Ben Stein even produced a recent documentary film about this very same subject -- the teaching of evolution versus Creationism in schools). The fact is that on the side of Creationism and Evolution is a kind of faith or trust or assent of the intellect that must be made. Some make that assent -- and others do not. One can certainly be a religious agnostic as much as a scientific agnostic. The question of judgment of persons, however, is best left out of the picture -- for no one really… Continue Reading...

Film Culture and Its Impact on Civil and Social Rights

of the boycott marked the victory for the African-American in the United States. Montgomery to Memphis is a documentary film that demonstrates the civil rights movement in the United States. The film reveals the leadership quality of Martin Luther King's, and his non-violent strategy in assisting African-Americans to achieve civil and social rights in the United States. Through his civil right movements activities, Martin Luther King could gain both social and economic justice for African-Americans. Typically, this documentary film reveals his different civil right campaigns till the time he was assassinated.[footnoteRef:11] It was in the film that rhetoric words of… Continue Reading...

Enron Ethics and Leadership Failures

Ethics and Leadership Failures: The Enron Case Gibney's 2005 documentary film Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room reveals some of the main ethical weaknesses in an unbridled neoliberal capitalist market system. Barely addressing environmental and social justice issues, the filmmakers instead choose to focus on organizational culture, leadership, and ethical decision making within the corporation. The film illustrates the core concepts of business ethics and shows how executives shape company values and behaviors. Disturbingly, the Enron case also shows how unethical corporate behavior is linked with unethical behavior in government. Summarize in one paragraph how you would… Continue Reading...

Child Drug Addiction in Afghanistan

is hopeless. Hopelessness is a main theme of the documentary, particularly evident in the scene with the rural families. Even if the children were not using drugs, they have no long-term goals because of the situation in the country. Without hope, there is no rational reason why the people would not want to numb their pain as much as possible. The children of Afghanistan are the nation's future. If a quarter of its children are drug addicted, then the leadership of Afghanistan in the future has little hope. It is important that families avoid giving their children opiates if… Continue Reading...

Norway and Germany Compared to Us in Incarceration

address the problem of mass incarceration in America. As the Michael Moore documentary on the prison system in Norway shows, European approaches to corrections are much milder than they are in the U.S. This is because the philosophical underpinnings of the prison system are polar opposites. In the US the prison system is run like a concentration camp. In Norway, the approach to law and order is much different: there is no death penalty in Norway, no life sentences, no armed police. An interview with Norway's State Philosopher is also very revealing: he shows that the country is forward-looking instead… Continue Reading...

The Invisible Gorilla Book Review and Analysis

how anecdotal evidence is problematic not just because it is anecdotal and not based on documentary fact, but also because the receiver places undue importance on the relevance and power of anecdote. Learning how to distinguish fact from fiction, and how to be a more critical thinker, is the core lesson in the Invisible Gorilla. Several of the examples used in The Invisible Gorilla are less sensational than the opening chapter. The second, third, and fourth sections are about a basketball coach, chess players, petty criminals, weather forecasting, and hedge fund management. What all of these have in common… Continue Reading...

Super Size Me Documentary Review

Super Size Me is a documentary film from 2004 by Morgan Spurlock. It focuses on what it would be like to consume nothing but McDonald’s fast food for an entire month. That is the outlandish premise of the film—and it is more than likely to appeal to two types of people: 1) the health-nutritionist type of person who will approach the film with type of confirmation bias, expecting his or her point of view about how bad for one’s health fast food is to be fully validated, and 2) the extreme spectator… Continue Reading...

Sledge Hockey

we need. We did well considering our conditions, but I cannot hide my disappointment” (Steel Wire, 2017). The Korean documentary Parallel describes the training of the Korean sledge hockey team and what obstacles the team had to overcome to get ready for the Games: it depicts the demanding physical activity that players must endure in order to prepare (Conran, 2014). Sledge hockey is no easy game and requires a great deal of physicality, toughness (both mental and physical), and upper body strength. Endurance is one of the most key aspects of the game and it is one that players… Continue Reading...

Iraq: the Cradle Of Civilization Video Reaction

the examples of cultural diversity within Iraq that many viewers watching this documentary will have heard nothing about. Unfortunately now, the world mainly knows of Iraq as a war-torn place. One of the purposes of this documentary is to show that as war-torn as it may be, Iraq still possesses great cultural treasures and archaeology. Another purpose is to warn viewers that the same type of destruction could easily befall us. Wood presents keys to understanding history, local place names, too. For example, the name Iraq comes from a large cliff called al-Iraq. The familiar Garden of Eden is… Continue Reading...

Multicultural Child Welfare Resources

TOUGH LOVE, a documentary about the Child Welfare System Directed by Emmy-nominated director, Stephanie Wang, Tough Love depicts the life and struggle of a couple, Patrick (hailing from Seattle) and Hannah (hailing from the city of New York), as they traverse the US child welfare structure’s red tape to reclaim custody over their kids. The two have undergone the trauma of having their children taken away by governmental authorities. The film features vérité-type footage, besides exclusive views of child welfare courts, portraying a personal and intimate record of the couple’s challenges and victory… Continue Reading...

Death Penalty As a Deterrent for Murder

who oppose it. Those who oppose it today—such as Michael Moore in his documentary on Norway’s prison system—point to other nations and modern cultures that have managed to address issues of crime without espousing a legal system in which capital punishment plays a part. And while these arguments may be effective in highlighting alternative views of justice, they in no way can or do invalidate the claim that the death penalty is a deterrent. Deterrence cannot be measured by any earthly means. It can only be asserted as a prerogative. Even Rose (2011) writing for the National Defense University… Continue Reading...

Marie Antoinette Role and French Revolution

The misogynistic view of women like Marie Antoinette distorts history and demonizes women. documentary evidence reveals the superficiality of the criticisms launched against the Queen: for one, she was derided for her “sexual audacity,” accused of having numerous affairs not just with men but also with women and children, usurping traditional gender roles and norms for women.[footnoteRef:5] She was also a victim of fraud and defamation involving a diamond necklace trade she never actually authorized: she was the “victim of one of the most byzantine swindles in history.”[footnoteRef:6] The scandal made Marie Antoinette the scapegoat of France. [4: M.J.… Continue Reading...

I Am Alive Documentary

for the greater good of the game (Hughes & Coakley, 1991, p. 307). The 2010 documentary I Am Alive is about the Uruguayan rugby team’s remarkable survival in the Andes, and is a perfect example of positive deviance in action. They take innumerable risks that entail pushing past their physical and mental limits, most notably the decision by Nando and Roberto to trek through the mountains against all odds of survival. They also do so for the good of the team rather than just to save their own lives. Of all the behaviors exhibited by the men in the… Continue Reading...