I think that Vertov’s film The Man With a Movie Camera and Chanan’s reading on Cinema’s in Revolution really spoke to the amount of influence that media has in society. As we know, the industrial revolution began the start of mass production, therefore, mass consumption. This changed the way art was viewed in the mechanical era, particularly the art of film as a platform for inciting change or conveying a message.
Vertov’s film, The Man With a Movie Camera, used the art of film to show the discrepencies between the upper class and the working class. Vertov was able to do this seamlessly-without words or dialogue. But his decision to film such contrasting scenes of lifestyles of the wealthy compared to the lifestyles of the lower class shed light on a deeper social issue happening in Russia and his ability to capture this sent a powerful message to the audience that was one of the very first films to do so.
Similarly we see countries like Cuba in the 1960’s using film as well to incite change. Chanan discussed this in his reading on Cuba’s communist revolution and how the use of documentary helped feature and change urban and agricultural laws throughout the country.