Primary Document Analysis for the Film “Moana”
The movie revolves around Moana, who is a daughter of the chief of the Polynesian village. The girl has been selected by the ocean as the instrument that will reunite a mystical artifact with a goddess to save her people. The inspiration young girls may gather from the movie poster is amplified by the text above Moana’s head. “Brave Like the Sea.” This text implies that Moana is as brave as the sea, something not often portrayed by other advertisements. “Brave” is a word often applied to males only, leaving females completely out of the narrative that they could ever exhibit this trait. However, this poster flips the switch and boldly states that a female is capable of being brave, and provides a strong example for the audience.