How does the film circulate
- Where and when was it made? * Who made it? * For whom is it intended? * How can you infer the audience? * What is promised in the introduction? * Does the conclusion fulfill the promise?
What is it about, empirically? (What is being studied as the object?)
* We’ll start with this and how to expand on it * Where is it located? * What is the scale – nation, region, city, institution, person? * What is the time of the study? * Is there a comparison? of what?
What is the main argument and goal of the film?
* to verify something? or challenge a theoretical claim? * What is the main argument? * Is the argument explicit or performed or both? * What evidence is provided for the argument? * How robust is the argument? * On what grounds could it be challenged? * What are the key concepts used? * Are concepts challenged or invented? * How are health, illness and disease used? * Are they defined? * What notion of human nature is assumed or discovered? * Universal or particular?
What method was used? How was the data generated?
* Ethnography, interviews, statistics? * If interviews, what questions were asked? * Does it look at what people do, say, or think? * How was the data analyzed? Infer if not explicit. * What assumptions shaped the inquiry? * How were people grouped or categorized? * What core values are assumed? * Especially values of health and illness * What data would strengthen the text?
Discuss a scene (citing timestamp) that inspired you or frustrated you
What about it made you inspired or frustrated? * How did it surprise you or make you think differently? * If anything, what would you have done differently as a filmmaker?
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