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Michael Moores purpose in Sicko is to inform his audience about the downfalls of the hidden truth behind Health Care in America and how many American lives are lost due the lack of access to health care insurance

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Maham Ahmed 4/4/2010 Period 6 AJ Special Assignment-Sicko 1. Documentary chosen: Sicko by Michael Moore 2. Filmmaker's purpose: Michael Moore's purpose in Sicko is to inform his audience about the downfalls of the hidden truth behind Health Care in America and how many American lives are lost due the lack of access to health care insurance which results in no treatment for their illness. 3. Filmmaker's bias: Michael Moore only uses negative health care stories of Americans and does not even show one case study where American health care was beneficial to any American; he only visits houses where the residents had terrible experiences with American health care. In addition when Moore visits other countries he notes only their benevolence towards supporting each other and focuses on only the good stories, while not even looking at one story where one had a negative experience from the health care of their country. Moore should have shown both the good and bad sides, to make his point more clear and obvious, this way his supports would not seem as biased. ...read more.

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He uses these facts to prove his point that American Health Care and insurance companies like such are corrupt by giving emphasis to the obvious mistakes that were made by the biggest health care companies. Moore also showed statistics from different countries like Canadians live three years longer than us Americans do. He contrasts the life span of an average Canadian to an average American to show the importance of a well health care system. Moore shows different stories of people living in Canada, United Kingdom, Cuba, and France to show the universal health care system and how it is better than our health care system. He shows how people around the world have free health care and their nation is strong and supportive towards each other. For the British he showed that after World War II they experienced a very hard time, the country was left with nothing and that was the time when they all pulled together and had free health care to save as many people possible. ...read more.

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6. Use of the medium (film techniques) and how it enhances the presentation of the subject matter: Moore used many different film techniques throughout his documentary to enhance the importance of noting the subject matter of the harmful drawbacks in American health care. For example when Becky mentions that there are endless and ridiculous reasons of why Americans get rejected for health care, Moore shows the list of all the conditions for not getting health insurance and plays the star wars theme in the background emphasizing by mocking how ridiculous the list was and how it was obvious that excuses were simply put out to turn down insurance. Also when Moore tries to make a point and runs old tapes of previous presidents, news reports, and old statistics, he sometimes fast forwards the scenes showing the impatience. For example when Hilary Clinton tried to get healthcare approved, and when people did not approve of it, Moore showed different clips of those people really fast representing and symbolizing the chaos and impatience American health care beholds, he also uses loud music in the appropriate parts to foreshadow and bring about the mishaps American health care had in its grasp. ...read more.

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** The section on emotional, logical and ethical appeals uses some Media theory. However, the rest of the essay lacks documentary genre theory and specific examples from the text which have been analysed for their technical codes.

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