Lesson Plan

  • Grades 9-10,
  • Grades 11-12

Honest Truths: Ethics in Documentary Film

Thinking Ahead

  1. What makes a film a documentary? How do you know you are watching a documentary and not some other media genre, such as a news report, “reality” show, or TV or film drama?
  2. What do you as a viewer expect from a documentary?
  3. What does it mean when we talk about a documentary film’s point of view? Who decides what point of view the film will represent?
  4. What obligation—if any—do filmmakers have to the subjects (people and issues) depicted in their films?

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