The ending of Boycott was more compelling than the ending of Four Little Girls. Boycott ended with a short scene of Martin Luther King Jr. interaction with the city’s youth and stands as a point of comparison. He stands out from them in his suit versus their casual wear. I think this scene draws attention to that although Christian Blacks were seen as the most civilized version of African Americans, Martin Luther King Jr. had to fight through all the pushback that we just watched in the film. In contrast, the ending of Four Little Girls is just a slideshow over music and feels out of place with the rest of the film. Ultimately, the power of the endings is connected to the type of documentaries that they are.
Boycott was a narrative documentary with actors playing out important events to reframe the historical moment. On the other hand, Four Little Girls is just a set of complied interviews of a retelling of an event and these girls’ short lives. White the final scene of Boycott ties the film together and reflects on the scenes that came before with a tonal shift, Four Little Girls is jarring. The sudden transition to music snaps the viewer out of the interviews with a barrage of images and no time to process the heavy assault of details they were just given.