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When documentaries are filmed produced and then viewed the audience is left withmore knowledge and awareness than before having watched it When I watch a NationalGeographic documentary on exploitation of indigenous peoples I become aware of theirsituation and further understand the cruel world around me Also my emotions are stirred up With the awareness that documentaries bring also comes the waves of emotional buildup This is why documentaries are most effective in grabbing an audiences attention on a subjectmatter having to do with exploitation injustice and racism they show the cruelty and disrespectthe victims are faced with Four Little Girls a documentary directed by Spike Lee is anexample of this He interviews those that were involved or held knowledge of the bombing at16th St Baptist Church in Birmingham Alabama in 1963 He speaks with officials andprofessionals preachers family members and childhood friends of the four girls killed at thisincident At the same time that these interviews are going on there are clips from the 50s and60s of black protesters marches and beatings relevant to the political and social crisis of theday Also included are picture shots of the girls including their gravestones Lee incorporatesthe ongoing Civil Rights Movement with the story of the bombing incident and the four girls thatThe Civil Rights Movement becomes more real to us when the protagonists are alsomade real The victims parents tell the audience through their words stories and pictures ofwho the girls were and how they lived They also display the girls badges awards certificatesand Bible that one had in her pocketbook the day she was in the church basement attendingThe white officials who were more or less viewed as the antagonists spoke of thatsame era from their point of view Through intercutting photos of lynched black men wearing asign that read This Nigger Voted white men made common yet hypocritical remarks of howBirmingham was a pleasant place to raise a family The films goes through a series
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