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Analyse a media text documentary film called 14 days in May.

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14 Days in May I am going to analyse a media text documentary film called 14 days in May. This documentary film is about a black man on death row in the Mississippi state prison, in 1979, Edward Earl Johnson charged with the shooting of a white police marshal and the attempted rape of a 60 year old white woman. Johnson has spent 8 years on death row appealing the case and is to be executed on may 20th in fourteen days time. The programme focuses on the last two weeks of the fight to save Edward Earl Johnson. Edward Earl Johnson says about the case: There was a Buick car at the scene of the crime. Johnson has a Buick car, therefore, Johnson was put into a police line up to identify the rapist. The 60 year old victim already knew Johnson and said it was not him. The death penalty is not only used in Mississippi but widely used in other states of America. In the USA there are over 3, ooo on death row. Scientific studies consistently fail to demonstrate that the executions deter people from committing crimes. In this situation it is too complex and difficult to point to any single fact or argument as the most important, because there are too many issues to cover in the abolishment of the death penalty. ...read more.

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He is ask many questions and answer quickly and clearly in simple English, his body language is very relaxed and not tense he stands tall with his head high, this shows his personality to the audience and clearly shows it is not of a murderers but of an innocent persons. I think the director chose to make this documentary in Mississippi because he wanted to make it known to the world of the injustice in the Mississippi penitentionary is corrupted. In those days black people were sent to death row for anything but if a white person was to commit the same offence they would get away lightly. The director reminds us of slavery by showing the treatment that black and white people have gone through how different the attitude is more force full towards black men on the prison than white men. The documentary also shows a part where there was a black lawyer who said he had to work twice as hard as his white counterparts to get where he was. And how depressing it can become. My impression of the centree is that it is a very scary place to spend the rest of your life and I would not like to experience it. ...read more.

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The director chose to film the documentary this way because he wanted to demonstrate the pain and suffering an innocent person like Johnson has to go through just because of the colour of his skin. It also makes it more dramatic to the audience and try's help deter people from death row. The camera was with Edward Earl Johnson in his last hours, this affected me because I couldn't believe this happened in real life I couldn't believe it was for real!! I mean you see films that are just like this documentary (Green mile). After the documentary had finished I was very emotional and thought suppose that was me what would and could I do to have fix it also being a black male. From watching this documentary I think that capital punishment should be banned in every country town and city. I believe that god should determine how a human should die not another human. Watching the documentary didn't influence my opinion on capital punishment it made me want it banned even more. I have come to the end of my Essay and I would like to end with a saying that I strongly believe in. I believe that man cannot control man, and as soon as we all realize this the world will be a far better and fearer place for everyone. ...read more.

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