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First, watch the raw footage of the interviews conducted with John Lewis. Write a paragraph explaining your impression (from just the interviews with him) of who John Lewis was and what role he played in the Civil Rights movement. You do not need to watch the entire video — in class we would watch about ten minutes of it, but the library that has made the footage available online will only let me post a direct link to the entire interview. (Note: There is a transcript on the right side of the screen if you have trouble hearing or understanding the sound.)
Second, write a paragraph explaining what you think the filmmakers are going to do with the interview footage. What (if anything) of what you watched do you expect to appear in the finished film. (Note: This is one episode from a series that ran for two series — the producers interviewed John Lewis twice and used parts of the footage in multiple episodes, so if you expected to see something from the interview here, it may have appeared in a different part of the series.)
Third, watch the episode “Ain’t Scared of Your Jails” (you may need to log in to your CSUDH library account again once you click the link). You do not need to watch the entire episode, but please watch at least ten minutes. The rest of your essay (roughly one page) should explain how the filmmakers used interviews (like what you watched with John Lewis) and other sources to create their documentary. How is watching the interview different from watching John Lewis (and others) as “talking heads” in a documentary film? Should filmmakers add more context (like including some of the questions they asked in their interviews?).
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