This film exhibits the operational mode of representation from the Nichols reading. In this mode the camera and filmmaker presence is hidden leaving only the subject of the documentary as the focus. There is commonly little of no dialogue and requires editing to make an effect.
The director of Amar (all great achievements require time) used ambient noises, video clips, and timestamps to give insight into Amar’s life. In the beginning of the film, the director create a depressing image of a little boy who is going to work by showing the family cramped in their house sleeping as Amar gets ready and leaves. The only noises heard are crickets, him whispering “bye” to his family, a rooster, and the spinning of the gears and wheels of his bike. By this point you start to figure out that the boy is going to work. They cut to a scene of a dark street where Amar gets newspapers to later deliver. During this scene, the noise level increased and there yelling and carb horns.
The film begins to lighten its mood at the next timestamp at 6:00 AM; he’s done with his job and reads a newspaper and studies and eats breakfast. The ambient noises are lighter and less noticeable than before. By 8:46 AM Amar is going to his second job in what seems to be an electronic store. The director shows Amar doing a variety of different jobs and diligently studying a catalog for remote controllers all while you hear the noise from the streets. At 1 PM he goes home to bathe in the sink and dress for school. The director showed a family picture where everyone was smiling, and cut to a picture of hung on a wall with masking tape. The picture said “All Great Achievements Require Time”, at this point you start to feel more inspired by Amar rather than depressed.
The first time you hear Amar speak is at 7:00 minutes into the film. He reads something in class while being corrected by the teacher, he fixes his mistakes and keeps going. This makes you realize the determination of Amar to be successful. At 5:40 PM Amar goes back to work at the electronic store, where similar noises were used. He returns home at 10:14 PM. The film ends with a clip of Amar reading by flashlight shifting to the same image of his brothers sleeping that the film started with. This brought you back to the reality that this is Amar’s daily life. The Director was able to make this film so effect because of the observational mode of representation used.