One of the best films the class as watched to discuss historical events would have to have been Rhymes for Young Ghouls. The film is set in the mid-1970s on an Indian reserve with a residential school looming nearby. The main story of the film sets around the tragic back story of Alia leading up to her and the local members of the reserve community robbing the residential school.
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For me personally, film can serve as a major tool in learning or telling history in a classroom setting. There are things lectures and slideshows are simply incapable of accomplishing that a film can accomplish on a regular basis. The first film that comes to mind that backs up this claim is Waltz with Bashir. The film is able to reanimate the story of the soldiers that fought within the Lebanon War in 1982. The point is that film makes history come to life.
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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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