The Success Behind the Documentary
Defining the Purpose
The documentary was made in order to give people an entire new view on life. It provided a window into the types of lives that are entirely different than ours. The documentary, in a way, it made everyone grateful for what they have.
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Achieving the Purpose
When the audience finds out why Harley has such a hard time dealing with life, there was an audible gasp. Learning that a parent isn't always loving is a shock to some. Or when Andrew was talking about how his father cannot keep a steady job, we can understand why Andrew spends most of his school time alone. He doesn't have many friends. When Appachey gets sent to a detention center to finish school, hearts broke because the audience knew that his mother wouldn't get to see him for a while. Emotional music almost constantly playing in the background and dramatic camera cuts with some nature shots are also added for extra affect.
After watching the film, I felt an undeniable sense of sadness because I've been through tough times but they've almost never been as tough. I also felt grateful for the life that I live now. The documentary was made to allow an audience to see a different perspective and it achieved just that.