10/16 Nichols and Documentary Voice

An interesting part of Nichols’s article, “What Gives Documentary Films a Voice of Their Own,” is the idea that the voice of a documentary not only includes who literally speaks on or off screen, but how the documentarian and the editor piece it all together. For example, figuring out what music or sounds to include, cinematography, keeping events in chronological order and the type of representation your documentary is. This reminds me of Coles’s idea of location. One of those pillars that are under that umbrella of location is language: how they speak, what language they speak in, what they are saying, etc. The music in the film has to do with the time period the events were set in and the footage of protesters/the police interacting with students showcases the relationships of people in that time period. There are still voices, whether it is the advocate at the beginning/end of the film and the interviewees describing their experiences, but that is only half of the experience.

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