Purpose of a Documentary

Every documentary maker has a purpose in mind. The following have all been purposes for certain documentaries.  Which do you think is the most valid reason for a documentary? Again, rank them in order of validity. 

Are there any you would eliminate? If so, which one(s)?

 

Purpose

Validity ranking 1- 8

To inform

 

To attack a perspective

 

To persuade

 

To entertain

 

To educate

 

To defend a perspective

 

To critique

 

To observe real life

 

 

If you had a documentary made about you, how could people find out about your life and who you are?

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MAKING THE DOCUMENTARY

The idea of documentary relates to the methods of historians who rely on written documents and manuscripts as primary sources of evidence.  Using all the tools of film-making: camera, sound, actors, images and words, documentaries create a sense of authenticity within the narrative form.