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Journalism & Communication
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Documentary Film Journal Background and Research Process As I set out to develop a documentary for the third term I recognized that I needed to gain considerable understanding of the subject matter. I gave great consideration to potential topics and continually returned to the need for documentary filmmaking to address issues of social importance.
My homeland is Iran. After the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Iran experienced a tremendous influx of immigration from these regions; today this immigration constitutes one of the largest social issues in Iran. As the issue has garnered significant media attention, it’s recognized that there has also been significant misrepresentation. To a large degree I recognized that the media’s representation of these immigrants was unfair and increasingly produced negative stereotypes. In fact, these immigrants are required to work long hours for extremely limited pay in a process that is akin to modern slavery. While I had direct experience with immigration in Iran, my knowledge of the illegal immigration experienced in the United Kingdom was limited. Still, after a quick perusal I came to recognize that the immigrant experience in this region held many parallels to the abhorrent conditions Iranian immigrants experienced. Indeed, further research demonstrated that the problem of the illegal immigration experience cannot be limited to any one region, but is instead a global problem. ...
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