Documentaries aim to explore events or ideas that are true. However the truth is often lost when we consider other influencing factors, which include the filmmaker’s inherent bias, the need for a film to tell a single coherent story, and common documentary conventions which shape the viewer’s understanding. Held back by these issues, documentary makers cannot help but communicate their version of the truth to the viewer through both intentional and unintentional manipulation.
My initial reaction to the film was of utter shock at the brutally raw reality of the film. Upon reflection and commentary from other sources, the film’s simple yet vastly effective filmmaking techniques of developing the explicit and implicit meaning of the film. The explicit meaning, as
In Leslie T. Chang’s Ted Lecture, she denounces what a majority of countries perceive the globalization of China to be; the presence of oppressive practices in Chinese factories as a response to Western demands. However, Chang would later on disagree with that notion, rather, she alludes to this majestic idea that globalization leads to untold opportunities and a better way of life for the people of China, that as consumers we should not feel guilty for the benefit outweighs the cost for these people. Chang helps us to understand that these factories act as doors that leads to a legion of opportunities to better the lives of every immigrant from the rural dump. This is exactly the case of the factory girls in Dongguan. From what Chang describes the city life to be—living in airtight rooms full of girls that exceeds its capacity, with meals consisting of rice, one meat or vegetable dish, and watery soup, we, the readers, may
Zhang Yimou’s To Live is a powerful indictment of communist authoritarian rule and blind patriotism. The film places the viewer in the position of an insider as the Communist Revolution alters the political and social landscape of China. By using dramatic irony, Zhang Yimou appraises communist collectivist culture, class structure and power in revolutionary China, and the Cultural Revolution. In addition, by using shadow puppetry as a symbol of indoctrination, Zhang Yimou examines the link between political change, personal tragedy, and bureaucratic incompetence.
Throughout the documentary we are shown and described many different ways that Chinese-American were treated during this time, we see the cruelty, discrimination, racism and the hate that
In this movie, different filmic techniques are used, however, in my opinion, they are not very effective and thus it fails to improve or contribute to the success of the movie, which I believe it should. The filming techniques used in
Reading Robbins, Global Problems and the Culture of Capitalism, Chapter 2 Labor, and watching the Mardi Gras: Made In China documentary delivered two contrasting emotions. When reading, it’s just like I’m reading for understanding, but when I watch what I’ve read about it put things into perspective. When reading two points that Robbins made really stood out to me in both the chapter, and the documentary, and they are discipline/control and labor.
Firstly, it is important to understand how the documentary form is best suited to illustrate the film’s theme. In order to do this, one must have an overview of the documentary style of filmmaking. Documentaries concern themselves with the “exploration of
In her novel Factory Girls, Leslie Chang offers an insider’s perspective of the Chinese export business that ultimately exposes the true colors of factory life in China to the people of the western society. Throughout the novel, she cites historical reasoning as to why a sudden growth in factory workers has occurred and how it has turned into the monstrous industry that it is now. Mainly, she credits the large migration of people from the rural areas to the cities because this caused major political reform. The PRC were then able to move into the global economy with a new strategy, given by Deng Xiao Ping, which consequently caused trade to open up and certain cities to be designated as placeholders for economic development with the potential for newer business.
The Chinese Mayor is a controversial documentary film that is from China. Datong is a historically important city in China, but it was fall into a decline. The mayor Yanbo Geng has a transformation plan for this city. The birth of the documentary is associated with the social situation of China. This documentary film shows a different mayor with his distinctive thinking in China and the things he does in his tenure of office. Creators create is because of a need to change thinking. They want to take the new ideas to challenge the old ones to push the And also, the reason of this documentary film born will be discussed clearly in this essay.
Summer was making its picture-perfect debut in New South Wales that day in October 2011, but Mr Greg Foran hardly noticed. Newly hired away from his role as head of Australia’s leading supermarket chain, Woolworth’s Supermarket Division, he was set to work as a senior vice president at Wal-Mart International, the fastest growing division of the world’s largest retailer, Wal-Mart Corporation. However, what exactly he would be doing was still open to discussion. It was not until the sudden and somewhat mysterious departure of Mr Ed Chan, the president of Wal-Mart China, that Foran’s new role suddenly emerged. That Australian summer, far from the approaching winter back in
Another aspect that is looked upon in the documentary is the roles of females in the Chinese society. As it is known, China is a one child policy where a family is supposed to have only one child in the family. So families always hope for baby boys since males are much more respected then females are. They also have a lot less opportunities than males, so that plays a role on females going in to work at sweat shops. Also taken from the documentary, when Jasmine worked a twenty hour shift, she was contemplating on leaving but comes to conclusion that she is in the best situation she could be. It is sad to know that working at a sweat shop is the best situation for anyone.