20th Century Human Rights Film Review________________________________________
★ A1. Historical Inquiry, A2. Developing Transferable Skills,
General List of Historical Movies
● The Pianist, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, Hotel Rwanda, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, Selma, Malcolm X, 42, The Butler, Fences, The Help, Hidden Figures, Suffragette, Milk, Stonewall, Schindler’s List, Imitation Game
● Modern History in the Movies: http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/mod/modsbookmovies.html
Film, as a historical resource, is a great way to connect with the material and time period that is being displayed. Some argue that we must use all of our resources, including film, to help us understand the complex problems and issues of the past. Using film helps us to build empathy for, and understand the events of a time that has passed.
For example, The Holocaust has been called a “limit event” for human understanding. It is believed to be so grotesque and violent in its intentions that it ruptures and is ultimately outside of what we call history (Hansen, 1997). Some feel that historical films strength, its ability to make us feel intimate with history, should be avoided altogether when dealing with events such as the Holocaust. However, in order to build empathy and a better understanding of our past, it is important to put these events on screen.
We will be completing a film review on a 20th-century conflict. It could be political, social, or economic conflict. You are required to use the resources provided to help you analyze the film (How To: Film Review). Please ensure that you keep detailed notes on the film, and your research afterward, as it will be turned in and marked.
You will be responsible for including the following in your Film Review:
– Creating and organizing information in a well-structured organizer, that includes all elements required.
– You will use evidence from the movie (plot, characters, clothing, interactions, film techniques, props, events, etc.) to help you assess its importance as a historical document.
– Analysis of political, economic, and/or social-historical events, ideas, movements, trends, etc.
– Analysis of individuals or groups depicted in the movie.
– You will assess a concept of historical thinking: Ethical Dimension
– You will analyze a current human rights violation, and assess how society is responding to it. You will compare and contrast the response to the event to that is depicted in your movies