For Assessment – Documentary and video for change
What impact can a documentary actually have? Think about it… All documentaries have a purpose, a reason that make us viewers learn some of the most important aspects of life, whether we are aware of them or not. So their role is to put ourselves a question, that brings in us a change and a new attitude. This impact is not only on us as individuals, but on us as a society, because only together we can make changes. Its great impact becomes in this way global from networks to consumer brands, campaigns, corporations and government departments.
I think that what impress us the most, is that a documentary shows us the both sides of the hand, presenting different perspectives and opinions. It makes us realise that we should start and due something from the general good, it makes you realise that this world can’t work if we continue and act indifferent. These documentaries become internationally successful because they all cause a major change in the world.
A good example of such a film is Koni 2012, which reached 76,614,482 views on Youtube in one week. The idea behind it is that “Nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come”. The Guardian presents us the reaction of the public and the responses that this story has received. The CEO of Invisible children, Ben Keesey declared the the aim of this film is to stop the violence, by connecting brand new people to the issue, by getting them involved and by mobilising global communities. Invisible Children sick to get an emotional response and an impulse which will make us react.
This vast genre includes all types of topics such as health and medicine, drugs, evolution, physics, environment, geology, technology, nature: Top ten movies that changed the world.
Using ourselves as a subject we had to create a short documentary, and we had to put ourselves in someone else’s shoes. The purpose of this documentary was to realise that life can have many forms different from our own perspective. People tend to misjudge people who have disabilities, so we decided to explore this empathy.
Through this empathy task we decided to prove people, that we can be superficial sometimes and that we should go deeper and see beyond the appearance of someone. So I decided to be blindfolded in order to experience the dark for half of the day. Through the entire documentary I discussed about how I feel about it, how things change when you have such a problem, how every little thing as easy as it seems can become a real challenge. Sometimes I got scared and nervous because I felt insecure, I didn’t had control over myself. At the end of the documentary I’ve expressed all my feelings and my thoughts, and we ended with a sentece: Don’t take it for granted. What we meant to say is that people seem to think that they are unbeatable, but life shows you that you can’t prevent what’s next. So show a little bit of compassion and try to treat everyone as equal, because you don’t know when you fall in someone else’s shoes.