Now that we have watched both the Eyes on the Prize episode “Ain’t Scared of Your Jails” and the new documentary “Freedom Riders,’ compare these two documentaries and answer the following:

1) which, do you feel, does a better job of documenting the events of the freedom rides?
2) would you recommend seeing one over the other? both together?
3) why did the newer project re-interview many of the same people? Why not use the older footage?
4) does viewing the Eyes on the Prize documentary change how you view the new Freedom Riders documentary? Should it?

Send your responses as an e-mail attachment (please send as a pdf file).

The Good Fight
Post your comments and reflection about this documentary here. Be sure to reply to the following, and include any other elements you would like to address:

1) what is missing? if you were to remake this documentary, what else would you include if you had all of the resources and support required?

2) how effective is the narrative? did you find it engaging and worth watching? why? how effective were the reenactments? how effective was the narration (voiceover)?

3) outline any techniques you think worked well that we should consider employing for the class documentaries.

Welcome to the umwblogs site for COMM 370D: Documenting Social Movements, offered in Spring 2011. Offered in conjunction with the UMW celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Freedom Rides, this course will look at how social movements are documented, viewed, and represented to the world. This course is ideal for students interested in studying social movements, film, new media, and media representations. In addition to studying how social movements have been documented and represented over the past fifty years, we will also develop our own media projects in an effort to document both the celebration of the Freedom Rides, and the work done locally to support larger social movements.

For more information, contact Dr. Anand Rao at arao@umw.edu (office is in #24, 1201 William Street).