Blog post#2 Question2
by shu1_1226 on November 10, 2017 - 7:40pm
There are too many films to count in the world; some films entertain people, and others tell people about a story. Stories in films are told by somebody; in fact, filmmakers decide the person who tells his or her story and experience. A story is subtly different depending on a person who tells the story.
As an example, the film Rhymes for Young Ghouls is told by indigenous people in Canada. The film is based on a fictional story about a girl who is an indigenous person. Indigenous people had been discriminated by others and abused by government agents, and indigenous children were forced to isolate from their parents and confined in residential schools. The girl suffered abuse for a long time by only the reason that she is an indigenous person; in addition, her mother killed herself due to discrimination. Because of this, she decided to revenge the government agents that were abusing them. The story is told by the indigenous people and from their point of view. As a result, most viewers can find out how indigenous people had been treated and how tragic it had been. Also, many viewers can relate to their feelings because the story is based on their own experiences and their voice. If it is not told by them, it would be just a historical event in the past. The viewers would not find out what happened to the indigenous people precisely and how they were feeling. The viewers can relate to the indigenous people because they do tell the story in the film.
Who should tell these stories is decided by a director. A director decides it depending on whose feeling he or she wants audience to relate to. For example, if the director wants audience to relate to victims, he or she casts the victims as main characters, and he or she makes the victims tell their stories. Many audiences feel as if they become a main character because the story is told from the main character’s point of view. It leads to that the audiences tend to empathize with the main character, for example, if good things happened to the main character, they feel happy; while, if the main character cries, they feel sad as well. Therefore, who the audience relate to may change depending on who the story tells. Because of this, a director needs to consider about this and decide who should tell a story.
In conclusion, a story on film may change slightly depending on who tells the story because the person who tells the story has his or her own point of view and feeling. Also, the audience tend to relate to the main character who tells the story, for most of them empathize with his or her feeling easily. Considering the facts, people who watch a film should find out who is telling the story because there is a possibility that the story is one-sided. If the people accept the story without question, they may gain wrong information about historical events. Even if the story is one-sided, people have to watch a film objectively so that they do not have a bias against historical events that are told on the film.