Preliminary Issues



1.  What do we mean by "document?"   "documentary film?"




2.  Why are film/video documents important?  unique?




3.  What advantages and disadvantages do they pose compared to other kinds of documents?




4.  What is a film/video document's place in a communication process?




5.  Is it possible to separate a document from one's interpretation of its evidence?




6.  What does the Rodney King trial illustrate about the nature of film/video evidence?