A documentary is a form of art in which can either entertain, inform, or inspire change in people.
For the Junior Documentary Project, we were told to research and create a documentary about any intriguing person, place, or idea. We conducted 4 interviews and gathered secondary research sources to establish a distinct perspective about our topic’s significance in the community and the world. Our researched based essay from Freestyle English serves as a full length, detailed log for our reasoning and evidence about our topic. This unit emphasizes narrative-style journalism, which I’ve come to realize is a lot harder than it looks, and a lot more intriguing than it sounds
I have always had a love for street art, due to my dad’s love for 90’s hip-hop and the culture of the 90’s. I have been listening to Nas, Wu-Tang Clan, Guru, etc. ever since I came out of the womb, and my dad’s love for the 90’s culture has moved on down to me. Street art culture has a very deep and rich history, that basically sparked a new movement in the 90’s, and I wanted to pay homage to the history by researching and informing the public about it. I was glad to be given this opportunity to get out of the mundane life of school and explore my interests and gain new perspectives.
Throughout this documentary, writing the research paper was by far the hardest part of the process. Although my topic stayed the same, the content and layout of the paper changed almost 5 different times, which got increasingly frustrating for me. I knew that I wanted to talk about street art, but I was getting conflicted on the chronology and what I would be talking about. After a month of writing, erasing, writing, erasing, I finally created something that I was satisfied with. I discuss the evolution of street art, the many stigmas that come with street art, and the impact the art has had on the community.