Threaded Discussion 2
I have chosen film, cinema, in my work in order to theorize difficult questions regarding democracy and difference. There are, however, many points of caution in choosing to use film. Films often can reinforce and affirm stereotyped and demeaning images of others; that is, film is as effective a tool for installing as it is for challenging and overcoming oppression. However, as I write in Chapter One, the fictionalized realism of film can allow for a sharing of the different experiences that individuals live through and can serve as a helpful tool to uncover the raw materials that make up our various social or cultural identities. In other words, and more specifically, film and film criticism facilitate the search for a location from which to envision a democratic politics in ways that are respectful of difference and that quite possibly can contribute to the transformation of one's sensibilities by providing an opportunity to theorize and imagine a new or emerging politics from a position of eyewitness Identify two films not presented in class that you believe have the potential to transform one's political sensibilities pertaining to deep differences. In addition to your recommendations, be sure to give a full citation and a short abstract for each of the two films you suggest. To add a new post, click the "My Recommendation" link below American film Released in the last 5 years with citation and it can't be one of those films Recommended Feature Length Film Texts: Beach Rats, 2017; Directed by Eliza Hittman Boys Don't Cry, 1998; Directed by Kimberly Pierce Boyz ˜N the Hood , 1991; Directed by John Singleton Call Me By Your Name, 2017; Directed by Luca Quadagnino Cesar Chavez: An American Hero , 2014; Directed by Diego Luna Do the Right Thing, 1989; Directed by Spike Lee Get Out, 2017; Directed by Jordan Peele Loving , 2016; Directed by Jeff Nichols Milk, 2008; Directed by Gus Van Sant Moonlight, 2016; Directed by Barry Jenkins My Own Private Idaho, 1991; Directed by Gus Van Sant Selma, 2014; Directed by Ava DuVernay Smoke Signals, 1998; Directed by Chris Eyre Stonewall: Where Pride Began, 2015; Directed by Roland Emmerich Straight Outta Compton, 2015; Directed by F. Gary Gray The Birth of a Nation, 2016; Directed by Nate Parker Twelve Years a Slave, 2013; Directed by Steve McQueen Required Documentary Film Texts (Democracy and Difference website): *13th, 2016; Directed by Ava DuVernay A Place of Rage, 1991; Directed by Pratibha Parmar America in Black &White: A Question of Identity, 2003; Films for Humanities and Science A Family Portrait, 2011; Directed by Melissa Leu and Jeff Haig (Student Film) Cultural Criticism & Transformation, 1997; Featuring bell hooks and Directed by Sut Jhally Ethnic Notions, 1986; Directed by Marlon Riggs Exploring Society: Gender, 2005 Exploring Society: Race and Ethnicity, 2005 Exploring Society: Social Class, 2008 Further Off the Straight and Narrow: New Gay Visibility on Television, 2006; Katherine Sender Generation M: Misogyny in Media and Culture, 2013; Directed by Thomas Keith How Racism Harms White America, 2013; Directed by John Bracey * I Am Not Your Negro, 2016; Directed by Raoul Peck Latinos Beyond Reel: Challenging a Media Stereotype, 2012 Off the Straight andNarrow: Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals & Television, 1998 On White Privilege, 2008; Featuring Tim Wise Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People, 2006; Directed by Sut Jhally Responding to Diversity; 2011; Directed by Rise Sanders Weir and Tracy Ullman Soundtrack for a Revolution, 2009; Directed by Bill Guttentag The Brandon Teena Story, 1998; Directed by Susan Muska and Greta Olafsdottir The Bro Code: How Contemporary Culture Creates Sexist Men, 2011; Directed by Thomas Keith * The Celluloid Closet, 1995; Directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman The Empathy Gap: Masculinity & The Courage to Change, 2015; Directed by Thomas Keith The Origins of Cultural Studies, 1989 ; Featuring Stuart Hall * The Times of Harvey Milk, 1984; Directed by Rob Epstein White Like Me, 2013; Featuring Tim Wise and Directed by S. Morris
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