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When documentaries are filmed produced and then viewed the audience is left with more knowledge and awareness than before having watched it When I watch a National Geographic documentary on exploitation of indigenous peoples I become aware of their situation 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 subject matter having to do with exploitation injustice and racism they show the cruelty and disrespect the victims are faced with Four Little Girls a documentary directed by Spike Lee is an example of this He interviews those that were involved or held knowledge of the bombing at 16th St Baptist Church in Birmingham Alabama in 1963 He speaks with officials and professionals preachers family members and childhood friends of the four girls killed at this incident At the same time that these interviews are going on there are clips from the 50s and 60s of black protesters marches and beatings relevant to the political and social crisis of the day Also included are picture shots of the girls including their gravestones Lee incorporates the ongoing Civil Rights Movement with the story of the bombing incident and the four girls that died as a result The Civil Rights Movement becomes more real to us when the protagonists are also made real The victims parents tell the audience through their words stories and pictures of who the girls were and how they lived They also display the girls badges awards certificates and Bible that one had in her pocketbook the day she was in the church basement attending Sunday school The white officials who were more or less viewed as the antagonists spoke of that same era from their point of view Through intercutting photos of lynched black men wearing a
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