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Lily Shepherd

Media Team Intern, TED

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Have Documentaries or Narrative Films had a bigger impact on you?

As a film student who is also concerned with leaving the world a better place, I constantly find myself asking: What is the best way to tell a story? My question to you is, "Have documentaries or narrative films had a greater impact on your life?" Share your stories. What films have moved you and what have they moved you to do?

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    Jun 23 2012: The Crying Game had really shown me early on that love can come in many shapes and forms and is still an equally valid emotion. I grew up in a very homogenous society, have not seen people of different skin colour, of very different faiths, let alone sexual orientation, so seeing a film like the Crying Game had a great part to play in teaching me that "normal" is a matter of perspective. I still don't really have friends who are very different from me - it just happens that way - so films are still the primary way for me to experience other perspectives. I can't afford to travel to the other end of the world, but films can take you everywhere!:) I love docs, especially Werner Herzog, and they are great for information, but you can't beat narrative in making you "feel" for someone else.

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