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PSYCHOLOGY OF MIGRATION by Ferhat Atik

REVIEW

 

"We cannot and should not stop people from migration. We have to give them a better life at home. Migration is a process, not a problem." 

                                                                                                                                             William L. Swing         

           The geographic displacement movement of human communities by settling from one region to another region or country to spend all or part of their lives for religious, economic, political, social and other reasons is always a global phenomenon that directly concerns humanity. Since the concept of migration is a concept that concerns all humanity, documentaries on immigrants can also be seen as critical scientific resources. Many academic articles and books provide narration by referring to various documentaries and films. Since the subject chosen in this framework will always be up to date, director and writer Ferhat Atik made the right move in terms of topic selection.

               The guest you choose is a very valuable scientist. In this respect, it added significant value to the documentary. What they say is built on a language that everyone can understand, and on an academic infrastructure. Professional narration is very successful. The narrator's highlights and information transfer tone are quite impressive. Music was used effectively. This 45-minute documentary is definitely not boring. It doesn't give the audience any sense of boredom during its duration. However, there are no ups and downs in terms of narrative technique. In other words, there are no additional sequences that surprise or excite the audience. It continues in the same tone throughout the process, neither downshifts nor accelerates.

               Music was used from Epidemic Sound, but song and composer names can be written more clearly. It would also be better to compose a piece of special music for such a documentary. Another problem is scientifically sourced. It is very precious that an academic gives theoretical information in the film. However, getting opinions from only one academician throughout the documentary actually leads to a scientific mistake: The single source bias. This bias is usually variability is due to data collected from a single source. If you are using a single view to explain an incident, you can ignore other points of view, or you cannot take advantage of other rich views. In fact, it should be noted in a documentary where an academic guest was taken. It is also remarkable that the guest looks at the camera from time to time and focuses on different places. It would not be right to call it an error. But it is a mistake to see the microphone on the guest. Different types of microphones could be used in this level of production. At least the microphone didn't need to be visible. A final criticism is about the images used in various parts of the movie. Content enrichment could be made with new shots from current refugee camps, especially the closing image of the film. Especially refugee camps in neighboring countries in the region where Turkey, which contains an incredible diversity of the director in this regard. However, stock images were preferred at these points.

               The Psychology Of Migration documentary is low-budget but effective content production. We think that this work may be a reference in terms of scientific resources in the future. With a few professional touches and moves, it could be in a position to exceed his own limits, but it missed this opportunity due to minor problems in production quality. However, an "academic-based" documentary will be waiting for you to watch.

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