Next week on the Journalism 3510 syllabus is a 5 shot video sequence that I’ll, of course, be posting on here as soon as I finish. Just to help us students out and learn more about the kind of videos that we’ll be shooting, we were asked to research three documentary style stories and critique them.
The first video that I found was about Morocco’s ‘Mule Ladies’. The heros in this story is the group of elderly Moroccan women that strive every day and fight crowds in order to make a living for their families. There was an obvious hook to this story as the videographer cut from scenes of the women talking at home about their experiences with flashes of the mobs fighting for the huge packages in between. The result showed the absolute sense of chaos in these women’s work.
These women have the daily task of providing for their families, sometimes only making $10 a day to live off of. The videographer used the loud audio from the mob scenes well, in order to display the fight that takes place daily. The videographer also used interviews from government officials to show their side of the story and their opinions.
At the end, the videographer shows scenes of one of the women, Maria, talking about her daughters. She says that one day she hopes her daughters will finish school and be able to marry a man that can provide for them so that they do not have to work in the same “death” that she does.
In the spirit of keeping with my theme of internationals coming to America, here’s a video documentary on When Sudanese Refugees Come to America. Sometimes it’s so mind blowing to think about how the rest of the world lives, and this video gives us just a glimpse of how difficult it is for other people to adapt to our regular way of life.
The opening scenes of the video are the story’s main characters – a group of Sudanese men that are to come to America. They ask about simple things like what are apartments, and what does a shower look like. This proved to me to be a startling realization of how blessed we are here in America, and how we take simple things like running water for granted.
Watching these men talk about their struggle in America just grabbed my heart. It hurt to hear them talk about how the American life was difficult for them and how unfriendly they were finding American people. The videographer used their daily interactions with others, like them asking a baker was a doughnut was, to develop the story and make it interesting and informative.
At the end, the videographer chose to show a somewhat humorous interaction between one of the Sudanese and a group of children at a local swimming pool. This added a light tone to the end of the story, but left me still with the heavy realization of how difficult life for these refugees was.
Finally, I found this video – The Normal Kid
The video opens with natural sound and fades into a normal conversation between Noe Cabello, the hero of the story, and one of his classmates as they prepare for graduation backstage. They look at the program and talk about the ceremony, a seemingly “normal” moment for high school grads.
The voice over of Noe then begins, and we learn that he isn’t as normal as the opening scene makes him out to be. For Noe, graduation is more than just a diploma- it’s a chance at a life that his parents, from Mexico, never got a shot at. The emotion from the beginning of the video hooked me, and towards the end of the story, I’ll admit that I was tearing up.
The caption below the video tell viewers that Noe is on his high school soccer team, balances seven AP classes and has a part time job. Not only that, but he is also the first Latino valedictorian in the history of Reading High School.
The scene that really got to me was his valedictorian speech and his parents’ reaction. His father is shown crying out of pride for his son as he holds Noe’s mother’s hand.
Out of this batch of three videos, this one was probably by favorite. I really loved the emotion that Andrew Hida, the videographer, captured in this five minute film.
Has anyone else seen any internationally based short video documentaries lately? Comment with the link and I’d love to check them out!