Most people consider documentaries a source of information and a way to learn more, yet just as is the case when reading an article, you have to wonder about the sources. If you see certain individuals interviewed you will probably hear their opinion on facts despite not being an expert in the appropriate field.
Another source of falsification is the director of the documentary himself who usually has a fixed opinion about the subject and will seek out ways to prove that idea instead of trying to be as objective as possible.
When reading an article, the only thing that might sway you to agree with the writer is the rhetoric used, There are many ways of manipulating the audience, including but not limited to impactful imagery and music to change the emotional state into one of terror, mercy, awe or whatever else you seek.
So the result you finally get is many times closer to fiction than to reality and this explains why a film like Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11 was awarded the Palme d’Or and the People’s Choice Award for favorite motion picture.
Animal Planet was also accused of showing “fake documentaries” where the “scientists” were actors, a fact divugled during the end credits. They even made sequels! Here are 10 Successful Documentaries That Misrepresent Reality.
10 Frozen Planet
9 The Great Global Warming Swindle
This controversial documentary wanted to show that global warming is supported by a lack of evidence; a creation of political and lobbyist parties. The original documentary was seen by 2.5 million people and Channel 4 said only one in six callers had complaints about it, yet the experts had a bit more worries.
8 An Inconvenient Truth
7 Bowling for Columbine
6 The Principle
5 The Greater Good
4 Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed
3 Loose Change
This series of documentaries were released between 2005 and 2009. Loose Change argues that the September 11, 2001 attacks were orchestrated by the U.S. government. Each new release pressed the previous claims even further and introduced new claims new ones since most of the original claims had to be cut due to libel suits.
2 Super Size Me
Morgan Spurlock filmed himself for 30 days in which he only ate McDonald’s food in an attempt to criticize the lifestyle and obesity problems of the U.S. The body of the protagonist went through drastic changes. He allegedly suffered from extremely high cholesterol and severe liver damage. The 5,000 calories a day food intake also gave him mood swings and depression.
1 Waiting for “Superman”
The 2010 documentary, directed by Davis Guggenheim, won the best documentary award at the Sundance Film Festival as well as at the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. The main subject of the film is to criticize the education system by following a few students that try to be accepted into a charter school. It claims that only 20 to 35 per cent of the eight graders in the U.S. charter system read at their grade level - but the real statistic suggests it is closer to 75 per cent. Charter schools in general seem to do worse than public schools if you look at the stats and the documentary makes the audience think that entering into such a school is a life changing matter; so instead of actually improving education, this documentary just makes it worse.
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