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The Great Debaters

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Alexis Freeman

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Transcript of The Great Debaters

The Great Debaters
by Lexie Freeman
The Great Debaters
The Great Debaters: Structure & Form
The Great Debaters: Theme
The Great Debaters: Background
Director: Denzel Washington

Release Date: 25 Dec. 2007

The Wiley College Debate Team

by Lexie Freeman
Opening Scene:
music: mix of blues and gospel

Long Shots
Motifs: Power of Education
Lights, Camera, Action
use of bright lighting and camera angles to highlight an emotional scene
The Wiley College Debate Team
Denzel Whitaker
Nate Parker
Henry Heights
J. Leonard Farmer Jr.
Samantha Booke
Jurnee Smollett-Bell
Melvin B. Tolson
Denzel Washington
Use of lighting and its effect
music + lighting creates lighthearted mood after an emotional scene

Major Themes
Power of education
Racial adversity
Hope & perseverance
"Its a victory of the greatest sort because it's not just about the physical victory of winning, but the emotional triumph that occurs when you do that which people thought couldn't be done." -Oprah
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