Evan Wight FILM 2907 Dr. Marisha Caswell December 3, 2017 Blog Post 2: Topic 8 Selma was a film that stood out for me because it focused on larger-than-life historical figures, most notably Martin Luther King Jr., and ordinary people. The film managed to de-mystify the great individuals of the time period while also emphasizing the role of the common activist.
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This blog post concerns the telling of stories and who can tell them. The main films that this post will focus on are "Half of a Yellow Sun" and "Rhymes for Young Ghouls". The former film is based on the Biafran War told from the perspective of the ruling Igbo people and how the class clash between the Igbo and the Hausa tears a country apart and millions die in the process. The latter film, on the Canadian residential school system and its intergenerational effects is told from and by indigenous people.
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2. A number of the films deal with issues of authorship and whose voice should be used in telling a story. Whose stories are being told in films (or in a specific film) we watched in class? Who should tell these stories?
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