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Film Analysis Viewing Guide
Answer the following questions during/after you watch your film selection.
1.Title of Film:
1. What is/are the central message(s) of this documentary? Be specific. Use examples from the film to support your answer.
2. Discuss the bias in the film (point of view of the filmmakers).
3. Consider the effectiveness of the film in communicating its message. As a tool of communication, what are its strengths and weaknesses? (include both)
4. How do you think the filmmakers wanted the audience to respond?
5. How does this film appeal to the viewer’s reason? Does it use evidence, data, and statistics? Are sources cited? Describe how well you think the filmmakers used reasoning and logic.
6. How does this film appeal to the viewer’s emotions? Again, be specific and explain how well you think the filmmakers used emotional appeals. In other words, how did this film make you feel, and why?
7. What are your overall impressions of this film? Would you recommend it? Why or why not?