What You Never Knew About Harriet Tubman
Ebony Goddess: IIe Aiye
These three documentaries are all connected through a historical link. The staging documentary deals with a literal "staging" of history. There is a retelling of history by a narrator and reenactment scenes of Harriet Tubman. The observational documentary follows three Afro-Brazilian beauty contestants that compete to be an Ebony Goddess, which is a tribute to their blackness and African heritage that has been whitewashed. Lastly, the skeptical documentary deals with a historical event against Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and the history of violence against black women.
The staging documentary manipulates the subject and does a telling of a history through a third party. The observational documentary moves closer to the subject, but there the power stills majority belongs to the documentarian. The skeptical documentary shifts the power closer to the subject because Anita Hill is such an integral part of the documentary on and off the screen. The power relation is different depending of the style of documentary.