Analyze Rebel

Author: Tina Andersson, Ragna Marie Tørdal, Sissel Stokkedal (CC BY-SA),


The documentary by Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers uses various techniques such as animation, old photographs and reconstructions. The film is about the filmmaker’s own family and describes what it is like growing up with parents who belong to two different indigenous groups; Sámi and blackfoot.

First, watch the film. Then use this template when working with the written analysis.

General advice

This template is an example of how you can structure a written film analysis. Usually, not all of these points are relevant. There may be certain techniques in a film that are particularly important. Then you should elaborate on these and leave out the rest.

Some points can be merged and seen in context. For example, is there a connection between the use of image frames and dramaturgy? Is the lighting and staging related to a style or genre, such as film noir?

In general, the analysis should have an introduction, a main part and an end. Each part should consist of shorter sections with subtitles illustrating the points in the analysis.


1. Introduction (max. 200 words)

2. Synopsis (max. 200 words)

3. Point of view and narrative style  (max. 100 words)

4. Narrative structure (max. 100 words)

5. Dramaturgy (max. 200 words)

6. The characters in the movie (max. 300 words)

7. Cinematography (max. 200 words)

8. The staging (max. 200 words)

9. Use of light and colors (max. 100 words)

10. Cutting rhythm (max. 200 words)

11. Sound (max. 200 words)

12. Film history and social context (ca. 200 words)

13. Summary (ca. 200 words)