Documentary Film Analysis Worksheet
For History 221 and History 222
• You will find the list of films you can choose from in the Lesson section of the course. • 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. • You must answer in complete sentences, using a short answer/paragraph format. • Cut and paste your answers into the Student Submission box for Assignment #2 and submit it as a Word document.
1. What is the title of the film you picked?
2. Why did you pick this film over the others offered?
3. What is/are the central message(s) of this documentary/fictional film? Be specific. Use examples from the film to support your choice. 4. Consider the effectiveness of the film for this history class. What are its strengths and weaknesses of this film in documenting history? 5. How do you think the filmmakers want the audience to respond? Is there a social justice message? If so, what is it? 6. Did the documentary leave you with any unanswered questions? If so, what were they? 7. How did this film change any misconceptions or stereotypes you had about the subject matter? If so, what were they? 8. What is the most important thing you learned from watching the film? 9. Why is this film important to understanding contemporary African American History?
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