Waiting For Superman Analysis

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When one thinks of an exceptional school, they typically think of a school in a good neighborhood with wonderful teachers. But what about the children in neighborhoods with failing schools? In the 2010 documentary, Waiting for Superman, filmmaker Davis Guggenheim brings awareness to the failing school system in low-income communities throughout the United States. Instead of prioritizing his research on statistics, the documentary is focused on following the educational journey of five students; Anthony, Francisco, Daisy, Bianca, and Emily all face the struggles of the failing public education in low-income neighborhoods. In the documentary, Guggenheim and his film crew make the viewer aware of “dropout factories”, “academic sinkholes”, and many other issues that today's children are facing in neighborhoods with failing public schools. The children are waiting and looking for someone to save them from the disastrous schools that that are heading towards. Guggenheim uses visual pacing of clips and animations in his dramatic film to build his argument for education reform and the change that needs to be made to ensure that all students get a good public education.
In Waiting for Superman, the difference in the pacing of the documentary leaves a lasting effect on the audience. Throughout the film, the fast pacing helps in building anxiety and keeping the viewers on their toes. During the lottery, Davis Guggenheim chose to make the pacing fast. The rapid pace is maintained

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