Awareness or complicity? : documentaries’ depiction of communities marginalized by Christian Nationalism.


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The rise of streaming services has made documentaries more accessible than ever before. With this comes the common misconception that the genre is based on truth instead of an interpretation thereof. Due to this broad misconception, it’s important to analyze how the public comes to understand the depicted demographics, particularly those that are not commonly understood and are tied to controversial movements. This thesis engages with three documentaries as case studies, each of which tells the story of an evangelical ministry that targets a marginalized community. Filmmakers construct the narratives of these documentaries in a manner that will entertain audiences, yet neglect to incorporate commentary that brings awareness to how the ministries contribute to the overall power structure of the Christian Nationalist platform and ideology. Attention is drawn to the harms that this practice does to marginalized communities.