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Unformatted text preview: The only way to survive was basketball for them and the five years that these teens were being filmed their lives never seem to get that much better. The documentary had little commercial appeal when it came out as well the families were still struggling after filming. The structure that these documentaries such as Hoop Dream embodied was a look at issues and problems that people other than themselves face. People rather see an army of robots taken over the world and flying from out of space trying to take over the world, then some story of two poor African America kids playing ball to make a better life for themselves. Renov was quoted as saying that documentary film is the realm of information and expositon, rather than diegetic sound or imagination (13) which means we are not entertained by facts nor real existence of things that will make us sad, or things that we avoid....
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