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Is 14 Days in May a biased report?

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Is '14 Days in May' a biased report? The aim of this piece of coursework is to show my awareness of both sides of the debate, involving capital punishment, as perceived after watching '14 Days in May'. I will take into account the aims of the documentary makers and the function of the documentary. Capital punishment, also known as the death penalty, is the execution of convicted criminals by the government for crimes known as capital offences(serious crime); capital punishment the most sever form of punishment and it is normally applied to the ones who have committed murderer, since capital punishment was banned in most countries, the life imprisonment has replaced that punishment in those countries. Some countries believe that the fear of the execution is enough to deter criminals from committing serious crimes; however other believe that capital punishment defies people's basic human rights. Among countries round the world, all European countries and many pacific area states (including Australia, New Zealand) and Canada have abolished capital punishment. In Latin America, most states have completely abolished the death penalty; however, some like Brazil, allow for capital punishment in certain situations. The United States of America and most of the Caribbean, Asia and Africa retain capital punishment, in these countries they are allowed to apply the capital punishment in five ways: the gas chamber, firing squad, hanging, electrocution and lethal injection. The death penalty used to be applied a lot in the past to who committed serious crimes and now has been abolished, there used to be burning live people, drawing, beheading, boiling, crucifixion, impalement, etc. ...read more.

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The director purposely chose a black, poor black male to prove that the justice system was unfair. Johnson comes across as a calm, harmless young man. He treated his lawyer, family and even the prison guards with great respect, this makes the viewer be on the pensioners side. The choice of prisoner is very good, a man that is very religious, polite, speaks softly and with good nature., during the whole documentary he is always calm and he is very quiet for a prisoner, when he is talking to the camera he is very calm and he seems very shy, he is very hard to be heard as he talks very quietly and because of the prison routine life sound. He is the one who seems like the victim. One of the most touching scenes is when he is with his family, as he never been with them this free in eight years. His family starts to cry when they have to say goodbye, and makes you think how can a person with a family like this and with a personality like his murder and rape someone. The interviews with the prison guards, wardens and other prisoners reinforce the viewer's impression of the prisoner. We are not fully aware of what goes behind the filming of this documentary, and the audience is too na�ve to realize that the questions being asked in interviews are purposely asked to convince the audience that Mississippi's justice system is racist. ...read more.

Conclusion

The end of the documentary is the part where most of bias is used and it is very strong. This shows that everyone that was around him liked him, even the director saying goodbye to him, and this appeals a lot to the viewer. When Johnson his death the lawyer and the governor of the prisoner talk in conference, the governor seems like he has done something wrong. And the lawyer seems very angry as he he still believed that the wrong thing was done by killing Johnson and he still believed in his innocence. He gets the audience when he says ''it's a sick world'', he refers that people that are innocent get killed and lots of wrong stuff happen. The last thing that appears on the documentary is a text on the screen, saying as I mentioned earlier that a black woman was with him at the time of the supposed murderer of the white police guard, if this woman had appeared before Johnson would still be alive at the moment. This makes a viewer totally agree with the director and be on Johnson's side. If the director had shown the aggressive part of Johnson if he has one it would probably change a lot of the way a audience would think about the documentary, I think that ''14 Dais in May'' was very good in make the viewers think that capital punishment and death as a sentence is wrong. I agreed with the director before I seen the documentary, but this documentary has reinforced my opinion about the capital punishment Bavin Jiten Gamnadasa 11/62 ...read more.

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