With the recent completion of my documentary film for Design and History, it is time for me to reflect on how the film has raised the target audience’s knowledge and understanding of how the theme of migration influenced the central characters.
In this film, the theme of migration was extremely pertinent and significant, particularly migration to Hong Kong, as it was the main idea that bonded the three interviewees together. All three individuals migrated to Hong Kong at different times for different reasons, and many push and pull factors came into play when deciding whether to leave the original destination and move to Hong Kong. Essentially, migrating to Hong Kong was not only the connection that the three individuals had, but also the reason why my group was able to meet and work together on a project like this. Needless to say, this migration had a huge impact on all three lives, especially when the living and working conditions are compared, all of which took a turn for the better.
We tried to demonstrate these messages through the film, particularly through the interviews that were held and recorded with each of the groups. With the recorded interviews, everyone was asked the same questions, meaning that the audience was able to consider a variety of perspectives and opinions on similar topics. In the interviews, each individual speaks of when and why they moved to Hong Kong, as well as how much their lives have changed as a result. This personal information conveyed through the interviews helps to support the points that may have been made in the introduction and builds up towards the end of the film for the final message. Finally, background research and context was also conducted and included in the film, providing useful information that might not be familiar to the audience and ensuring that all components make complete sense. Major research ideas included Communist China, as well as Hong Kong education, economic and health statistics.
Throughout various aspects of the film, the target audience was able to develop their ideas of how the theme of migration to Hong Kong had an impact on the three interviewed individuals.