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The film is taken as more of a documentary than anything else. I think that this contributes to the realistic look and feel of the movie. It was consciously a low budget film, but the manner in which it is taken helps to bring out that the narratives featured in the film are real, the experiences valid. Having it filmed in a manner that reflects documentarian style helps to underscore the realistic nature of the topic, and keeps the focus on the story and plot. The use of close- ups on Escalante as he teaches fosters the idea that the kids are studying him as much as teaching him. Being one of the first teachers in their lives to actually believe in what they can do, they view him with skepticism and doubt, studying him and surmising as to what his angle might be. In this light, the manner in which the school scenes/ instructional scenes are filmed help to bring out this element in the students' character. The fact that there is not much of a defined or distinct style in the presentation of the film helps to deliver all of the attention on the story and development of the characters within the film.
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