Investigative research

The Crash Reel.

Examples of issues raised: Objective and subjective. The objectivity in the documentary is based around the fact and affects of a brain injury. The subjectivity of the documentary is how Kevin Pearce and his family and friends feel about his injury.

Issues raised: Traumatic brain injury and the rehabilitation process. Death due to extreme sport.

Detail of the issues: Kevin experienced a snowboard crash while training for 2010 Vancouver winter olympics. The crash caused a brain hemorrhage that ended his snowboard career. The documentary covers the brain injury from the day it happened to his recover. It also covers the death of a pro skier Sarah Burke and how health insurance companies treat extreme sports.

Does it remain impartial, objective or is it bias: The documentary remains impartial and objective. It covers another snowboarder who has had a very similar injury to Kevin to get their view on the subject. The objectivity comes from the facts delivered by the medical experts about the extent of the injury.

The impact of the issues: The issues raised about brain injury and the process of over coming a brain injury raises a lot of impact to the viewer. It gives a unique first hand perspective on the issue as it follows the rider through the whole injury from before to after the injury. You can see the different and progression in his recovery. The death of the Sarah Burke raises issues regarding the “extreme-ness” of Extreme sports. Is everything getting too big?

What is the purpose of the documentary: To document the process of recovering from a traumatic injury. The injury in the documentary is a brain injury but the content can relate to a lot of people with different injuries. It is shot in fly on the wall style in some places and covers intimate conversations between family and friends. It is also show in interview style as well and asks specific questions that the documentary producers thought people should know. It is a non linear documentary as it doesn’t follow a specific time scale it varies between time of day and shows clips from before and after the injury throughout.

 Walking wounded: Return t the frontline

Examples of issues raised: Objective with the information regarding war and the injuries. Subjective with the opinions related to war and injuries.

Issues raised: War, Children of war, injury, amputation, war photography, health care.

Detail of the issues: War photographer Giles Duley returns to the frontline of Afghanistan to photograph victims of war after loosing three limbs in a IED attack. Issues raised are dealing with such injuries depending on you circumstances. And the issue of living in a war zone.

Does it remain impartial, objective or is it bias: It remains impartial and objective. It tells the stories of many points of view from troops, nurses and Afghani citizens. Facts are based on stats and evidence such as injury rate.

The impact of the issues: The issues have an impact on the viewer as it shows graphic images of the war in Afghanistan. Raises questions about the war and its affect on civilians.

What is the purpose of the documentary: For Giles to return to the task he was originally in Afghanistan for before his injury which was to photograph the hospitals treating amputees.

 Virginia Tech Massacre

Examples of issues raised: Murder, Mental health, Law, Education.

Issues raised: What drove him to massacre innocent people? Was it mental health or a fractured past?

Detail of the issues: 

Does it remain impartial, objective or is it bias: It remains impartial with elements of subjectivity when friends and family voice there opinion on him.It gives sides from the police, family and people who knew him.

The impact of the issues: People closes to the victims have to tell their story of the day and the repercussions of the crime.

What is the purpose of the documentary: To inform the audience about the event that took place at Virginia tech. Give the victims a voice. It shows the process of the investigation into the killer.

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