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August 5, 2015 / jilleun

Documentary Wednesday, July 2015

So this month we went a little different direction than previous months. That is, we didn’t watch a documentary every week. Instead we went a different route (one that took significantly longer) by listening to a podcast instead. It was a little documentaryesque in that it presented facts about true events. That podcast was Serial. We did, however watch one documentary.

  1. Miss Representation (imdb, wiki)
  2. Serial (wiki, website)


  1. Miss Representation- I didn’t like this movie at all. It went way over the top with “facts” and felt a lot like the food documentaries that I hate so much. It was trying to convert you to their way of thinking by any means necessary. 1/5
  2. Serial- This obviously took a very, very long time to organize and create and I have a ton of respect for that. The story was enthralling, and really sucked me in as soon as I heard the first few words. Listen to it, it’s very good! 4/5 SPOILERS: However, I didn’t really like the ending that much. I was disappointed that they 1) didn’t get him out of jail or 2) didn’t declare which side of the fence they were on: guilty or not guilty. Other than that, I would definitely recommend it.


  1. Miss Representation- This documentary had good intentions but overall I didn’t love it. It felt a little too preachy. It could have been a lot better with its story line but it was just tid bits of facts all strung together with no real solution to the problem. If you want to see a good girl empowering documentary watch Girl Rising. 2/5
  2. Serial- The story telling was great, and I love the narrators voice. Although halfway through the story I kind of wondered what the point was. A crime committed so many years ago is very likely to remain unsolved. But I was surprised how much new information they found, it’s compelling in the way that makes you want to listen to the next episode. I’ll leave it at that, as I think it’s good not to know too much before listening. 4/5
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