I had an assignment for my Electronic Communication class this week to find a video and analyze it. Browsing through Vimeo.com for my video of choice, I came across the video Have You Forgotten by Christopher Smith.
The first 30 seconds of this video shows American citizens of an earlier time struggling to make ends meet. You see people sleeping outside on cots, children playing around tenement homes and car junkyards. Paired along with that old footage is an announcer telling of how great America is. He mentions America as a place of prosperity, where the people who make this country work day in and day out to make it the great place that it is.
After the first 30 seconds, we are taken to present times where we see a young girl walking alone with a blue folder in her hand. There are about one or two shots that come up of old newspapers headlining hard economic times. I finally made the connection that this video was about the great promises of opportunity in America that millions are now having difficulty attaining. No matter where the young lady in the video goes, she is alone with her little blue folder filled with resumes. At about 1:5o into the video, we hear FDR proclaiming the Second Bill of Rights, which promises the right to a job and other securities. There is then a fade between American’s of the past working and our “modern” girl walking a road alone. The video ends with the girl of today getting up and uncovering a graffiti phrase stating “Have You Forgotten.”
This was such a beautifully executed video that showcased that the struggles of past Americans still face us today. Through a tough economy, our government still has not solidified the rights and promises of FDR in 1944. We still stand before our government asking “Have you forgotten about us?”