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Documentaries (Nov.10)

Key: Sarah is looking for the truth behind who her father was, but in order to do that she had to learn more about her mother. The stories told about the same person from different perspectives really becomes overwhelming because there’s just so much information.

Participatory: Sarah relies on all the people she’s interviewing to come to whatever conclusion she’s looking for.

Key: Thierry doesn’t understand the true meaning behind the street art scene despite being around it for so long. Much like a gift shop, what you’re seeing isn’t the real thing, just others work being sold with the sole purpose of getting your money.

Reflexive: The beginning where Banksy says that the documentary was originally about street art and he was being interviewed, but the one doing the interview was more interesting. It shifts tone once you find out what the documentary is actually about.

Key: Delbert is man with little to no education who only has the farm life and his brothers. Only he knows the truth of what happened to his brother whether he did it or not.

Observational: For the most part the filmmakers just observed the actions of the brothers. They didn’t really interact since there wasn’t much they can do anyways, they just wanted to capture everything that happens.

Keyshawn – Documentaries HW (Nov. 10)

Brother’s Keeper: Observational

Tells Adelbert’s story through shots of his real-life without any direction or outside influence. All of the testimonials are also real accounts and proceedings of townspeople giving their personal opinions of Adelbert and what they think happened. 

Key: The key to the film is that there is only one truth. This solo wide-angle shot shows that Adelbert is the only one in the community who knows what really happened with his brother. This wide-angle shot captures the land around him which represents the community that’s surrounded themselves around Adelbert despite the claims. But Adelbert is still by himself showing that only he knows the truth.


Stories We Tell: Participatory

We learn the story as the documentary goes along through guest interviews. Also, use home movies and family recordings to tell the story.

Key: The key to the film is the strength and connection of family. This image reinforces the key with Sarah sitting close-up to the camera and her sister smiling at her from afar, showing that even though they are apart their connection makes them both happy.


Exit Through The Gift Shop: Reflexive

Shows the real-life situations of Teddy with the people around him rather than set up environments. Emphasizes the process and creation of street art and how it made its way to popularity. 

Key: The key to the film is the ambiguity of artistic expression. The picture represents the key because although Banksy must remain anonymous it shows that anyone can be the artist. Surrounded by his art that only he truly knows the meaning of.


Nov 10 Hassane Soumahoro

Brothers Keeper

The Key of the movie is, how two brothers will share a secret in life and death, on how Will Ward died. While everyone around will form their own opinions only the two will know the truth.

The Style of the film is observational because it goes from person to person with zero intervention from the directors.

Exit through the gift shop

The key of this movie is to follow artists, and get whatever gems or jewels they drop as the movie goes along. Like when going through the gift shop you just buy what seems like it means something. Here no one knows what is going on so we just take things that we think are important.

The Style of the film Reflexive because they are showing all makings of this documentary. The real show is the cast and not the content.

Stories we tell

The Key of the movie is Sarah looking for the truth behind her birth. In the Scene above she finally talks to her real dad after 3 hours of talking they realize they have so much in common.

The Style of the film Participatory as they use archival footage, and have Sarah herself in it.

Humza – Nov. 10 Documentaries

“Brother’s Keeper”

Key: The barely literate Brother Delbert keeps the knowledge of how his brother, William died. The over-the shoulder-shot depicts Delbert hunched over, signifying his low self esteem and naivete, depicting his lack of knowledge about his brother’s death. The lawyer stands tall to show the contrast of how he is more educated and well-spoken in comparison to someone like Delbert.

Style: Observational; Lightweight cameras used to document Delbert testifying in a court without intervention from cameramen; shows two sides: educated people and non-educated people in order to remove bias.

“Stories We Tell”

Key: The story of whether or not Sarah Polley is a product of adultery is told through siblings and friends of her mother. Through a four shot and a silhouette of her looking at her child, we can see Polley’s mother values her children over the stories that the media creates about her.

Style: Participatory; Polley speaks in interviews with subjects and we can hear Polley. Polley’s mother’s past is highlighted through old footage. Compilation of interviews of Polley’s siblings and her mother’s friends.

“Exit Through the Gift Shop”

Key: You can enter and exit an art exhibit, but can never walk away with the truth or exactness of the art. The wideshot shows a hooded figure recreating famous pieces of art like the “Mona Lisa.” Though the “Mona Lisa” has been recreated, the original art or the artist cannot be replicated. Instead, the artist is replaced by a hooded figure. Similarly, this piece of art/artist cannot be replicated.

Style: Reflexive: Banksy documents art while also being an artist. Shots within shots/Cameras recording cameras. Behind the scenes footage of how art is made.

SEPTEMBER 15 Les Misérables Hassane Soumahoro


What this whole movie is about, is a revolution and how Issa clearly does not feel safe around cops. In fact, the cops have been abusing their power the whole movie. This photo shows disobedience on every level, cops abusing their power disobeying their code, and Issa disobeying the cops.

Hassane Soumahoro Social Dilemma

October 6
What the producers wanted to convey is, something needs to change. At this point of the movie, one of Google’s top workers created a presentation, and it had the stem, but nothing happened. This just shows that these companies are aware they just do not care

Brian Caba, Social Dilemma key

The key of the film is to bring awareness of the lack of real control we actually have in our life due to how these different companies and designers build their platforms. We mindlessly consume this information to the point that it becomes our own reality.

The image I choose is a medium two-shot, as well as a profile shot. You can see Ben giving a more serious look towards the other man, almost kind of like he’s trying to analyze him. Meanwhile the man on the right has more of a smile and relaxed look as if he already knows him.

Giselle Zempoaltecatl

The key of the film is that technology platforms are designing an addiction and manipulation based environment meant to separate our realities for the sole purpose of profit.


The image above conveys the key through the use of an ECU to show not only the divide and individual manipulation but the scale at which it’s affecting society. Through the ECU you can also see that each AI is meant to look like the inside of a USB port which provides a visual presentation of the behind-the-scenes technology that we can’t see or begin to understand.

Keyshawn Seymour, The Social Dilemma Key Assignment

The key to the film is that in the internet age, everyone is being isolated and manipulated by this omnipresent figure of social media.

The medium shot used for the portrait of Tristan conveys the key because it forces the focus on him while making everything in the background irrelevant, the speakers express that this is the effect of social media on the world. Their backgrounds being blurred out is important because of the idea that social media and the instant inclusion it provides causes users to tune out the regular world and live in one that is occupied by only our thoughts alone.


Humza The Social Dilemma

The Key is that social media has caused corporations to treat humans like they are just tools for collecting data and creating virtual traffic.

This image conveys such because through a close-up shot, we can see the boy crying about being treated like a number, not a person. The close-up shot also allows us to see the virtual images behind him containing a virtual social media feed.