Researched, Produced, & Directed By Christopher M. Spence
Regardless of your surroundings, knowing how to swim is an imperative skill to have. In this documentary, Making Waves, Christopher Spence takes the viewers on a brief 15-minute journey around Howard Beach Park and the importance of knowing how to swim. The documentary creates the awareness of how valuable knowing how to swim is in today's society regardless of your environment.
The first minute of the documentary sets the tone of a tragedy as well as a significant point to be noted during the film. The documentary opens up with a brief setting of the park and interviewees stating, basically, the main message of the documentary.
At this point, I was captured into the documentary as I fall under the guilty section of those who are unable to swim. Although I am learning how to swim, I had no knowledge of how important the skills will be for me until I finished watching the documentary. Drowning is something that can be prevented; however, it is the 3rd leading cause of unintentional injury death worldwide as mentioned in the documentary. I have faced the helpless feeling when drowning before and thankfully, I somehow escaped. After the experience, all I could think of was my options of never going near deep waters or simply facing the fear and learning how to overcome it.
The documentary covered numerous points to be noted and also briefly included an unfortunate event that happened in the Howard Beach Park; which could have also been prevented. It also touched on the stereotypical topic of how many African-Americans are unable to swim. The documentary shows us WHAT the problem is, WHO it happened to, WHY this is a huge problem, WHEN & WHERE it started, and HOW the problem can be prevented. Not sure what I'm talking about, watch the documentary.
The next segment of the documentary exposes us to the aid that is available for those who are unable to swim and/or unknowing of emergency procedure around the waters. We get to hear the testimonials of the students who have learned how to swim and perform the emergency procedures in order to teach the inexperienced, save a life, and/or have fun.
On the other hand, I really loved how the technical aspects of the documentary came together both visually and auditory. Nothing threw me off when I was watching the documentary. The images were pleasant and the audio was great; which demonstrates the work of professionals. There were no special effects added which worked very well as the viewers can experience the natural environment of the documentary. The interviewees were also great and knew what they were talking about.
Overall, I enjoyed watching the documentary and would definitely recommend it; even for those who can already swim. My favorite part of the documentary was the accuracy of the segment about the racial inequity. It felt like a mini story with a significant problem which has a solution. I have learned a great deal of critical information and would spread the word; I will also try harder in my process of gaining the skill of swimming.
In God's care: