|Four Little Girls
When documentaries are filmed, produced, and then viewed, the audience is left with
more knowledge and awareness than before having watched it. When I watch a National
Geographic documentary on exploitation of indigenous peoples, I become aware of their
situation and further understand the cruel world around me. Also, my emotions are stirred up.
With the awareness that documentaries bring, also comes the waves of emotional buildup.
This is why documentaries are most effective in grabbing an audience’s attention on a subject
matter having to do with exploitation, injustice, and racism; they show the cruelty and disrespect
the victims are faced with. Four Little Girls, a documentary directed by Spike Lee, is an
example of this. He interviews those that were involved or held knowledge of the bombing at
16th St. Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama in 1963. He speaks with officials and
professionals, preachers, family members and childhoo...