The two documentary films I looked at were 'From Vancouver to Isfahan' and 'Curious Journey'.
'From Vancouver to Isfahan' is an Iranian documentary about an Iranian young man who ten years after living in Canada visits his motherland in Isfahan, the third largest city in Iran after 'Tehran' and 'Mashhad'. The documentary is in two parts and in Farsi (Persian) language made in 2010.It was mad by 'Ardeshir Ahmadi', an Iranian filmmaker who lives in Canada . I knew Ardeshir from a couple of years ago through the 'youtube'. At the time he used to upload his first videoclips on the youtube. I was watching his works and sometimes I would leave a comment for them until he replied to me and we got to know each other. It seems during these years his works got much much better in comparison to his earlier works.
The film starts with a shot through the airplane's window while it is landing at Tehran airport. A sound of heartbeat gives a special atmosphere to the film and makes the viewer 'feel' something new and 'alive' is going to happen. The camera then very fast takes us to the streets of Tehran and the people who are living there. A persian rap music has a great combination with the pictures, the new generation of Iran who dress up and make up in Western style. Some who have done cosmetic surgery and nose jobs.Each episode of the film is separated with a dark fading transition which come up with a title to show the viewers where they are. The camera is genuine and goes everywhere, it shows the good parts and the bad parts of the city both. The modernity and the tradition living together, just shoulder in shoulder.
I think one of the best things for students to improve their ability for documentary production is watching a good and a bad documentary. Sometimes we can learn from watching a bad documentary how easily we could avoid of those mistakes, if we wanted to make them. Despite the magnificent work of 'Ardeshir', I can see...