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by mdigs23 on October 6, 2017
The purpose that film serves in the history classroom or the telling of history is its use it has as a teaching device. Films allow students or audiences to gain a different prospective on historical times or events. The message that each film or story teaches can vary depending on the information given, the topic, the event, the time, the place, or the person at hand and on a person’s ability to draw his or her own conclusions from that particular film or story.

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by Brian Bushnell on December 13, 2017
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What purpose does film serve in the history classroom or in the telling of history?   Film can serve a very useful purpose in the history classroom. Watching a historical event unfold on the movie screen can stimulate one’s senses more that reading about the same event in a textbook or listening to someone talk about it. The combination of the moving visual imagery and sounds can help a student remember a particular part of a history lesson and can give a better sense of the time period.

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by 129674720 on December 6, 2017
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Blog Post #2 Question #2  

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by ZDOSE on December 6, 2017
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Blog Post 2 - Zach Dose   6. What purpose does film serve in the history classroom or in the telling of history?  

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by Yuan on December 6, 2017
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Historical films can really help students learning the historical event, but if students want to deep learning that historical event, the historical films will not help much. The reason I said that is because I read an article online and it says Students who learn history by watching historically based blockbuster movies may be doomed to repeat the historical mistakes portrayed within them, suggests a new study from Washington University in St. Louis.  

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by Matthew Siklosi on December 6, 2017
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The films in unit three show us that individuals who had major and minor impacts on history can shape how we understand history. We need to examine both major and minor actors in history to get a full picture. The events depicted in Goodbye Lenin!, show us how the fall of The Berlin Wall effected one family in particular while the events of Selma depict the Selma March and Bloody Sunday from the perspective of Martin Luther King. To exclude one type of perspective is to handicap ones self when examining a period. For example, The Holocaust.

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by MasterDJ on December 6, 2017
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I don’t believe that Rhymes for Young Ghouls is constructed well enough to effectively teach people about this horrible injustice. It’s a great film; very well directed, very well acted, and very well built up but that’s not what’s in question here. The question is whether its effective at telling the story of residential schools.

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by tombarry2410 on December 5, 2017
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Many of the films from this course take multiple perspectives in the ways they look at historical events.  Hidden Figures looks at much Ignored African American mathematicians and how they effected the space race; Selma follows Martin Luther King Jr through the challenge of the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting marches; and Waltz with Bashir follows Ari Folman through his life as a soldier in the 1982 Israel-Lebanon war and more specifically his involvement in the massacres in Sabra and Shatila.

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by evanwight on December 3, 2017
Algoma University
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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by Randy G. Chard on November 29, 2017
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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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by yukiinoue818116 on November 27, 2017
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Question 7: How do historical films affect and construct our understanding of history and historical events? For this question, you may want to choose a specific film and discuss the broader nature of the event(s) it is trying to present.  

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by Brenda on November 10, 2017
Algoma University
Blog #1: What purpose does film serve in the history classroom or in telling of history?   I don’t remember the textbook assigned to me by my teacher, for my 12th grade American History class. I don’t honestly recall much about the essay I wrote for that class or writing the final exam or even my overall grade in the class. I do remember though, we had an assignment to watch the movie The Patriot, about the American Revolution. 

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by shu1_1226 on November 10, 2017
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              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.

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by evanwight on November 10, 2017
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Evan Wight FILM 2907 Dr. Marisha Caswell November 10, 2017 Blog Post 1 Topic #2

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by Brian Bushnell on November 10, 2017
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What purpose does film serve in the history classroom or in the telling of history?   Film can serve a very useful purpose in the history classroom. Watching a historical event unfold on the movie screen can stimulate one’s senses more that reading about the same event in a textbook or listening to someone talk about it. The combination of the moving visual imagery and sounds can help a student remember a particular part of a history lesson and can give a better sense of the time period.

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by 129674720 on November 9, 2017
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                I would like to start off by saying, history is, strongly correlated to how the people presenting it through various media, how they remember or choose to present it. So history in its nature is strongly biased to the ones presenting it. There is a big part that has to do with memory and emotion. I choose to pair the two together because they affect each other. Various studies have proven that the more impactful an event to one’s life the more likely they will remember it. This explains the bits and pieces in our early childhood that we remember now.

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by eug22 on November 9, 2017
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I personally think the film Inglorious Bastards is a movie that can teach people about several historical events that took place during World War II. The most obvious is the event of World War II. Sure it’s a film that is set in World War II, however this movie is about a fantasy affair of Jewish rebels and their leader who plot to assassinate Nazi leadership Adolf Hitler and his army. One of the comical things I found about this move is how the Jewish soldiers were described as Basterds from the Nazi’s.

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by mawan on November 9, 2017
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For the most part, I knew a lot about the historical events surrounding the Battle of Algiers, largely due to firstly my interest in the history of European colonialism (not just in Africa, but predominantly Asia) and secondly both my partner and former housemates are Algerian, and their grandparents are all veterans of the revolution, so they would at times tell me stories about their bravery and life under French rule. However, what I learned from the film is that the Algerian revolution was not an all-out war involving sieges and carpet bombings of whole cities, like in Syria.

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by MasterDJ on November 9, 2017
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     Film serves in the Coles notes role nowadays in the classroom when it comes to history especially when it comes to events that aren’t going to be talked about in bigger budget movies. People (not just kids) are much more connected and are much more on the go as compared to 20 years about or even when I was in high school 10 years ago. This has led to a culture of speed and sitting around reading, or even learning in some cases, is considered boring so it makes sense for film to pick up the slack to teach people something that they would once upon a time have just read about.

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by asmith2017 on November 4, 2017
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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 a specific film) we watch in class? Who should tell these stories?  

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by STEPHEN KREYENBUHL on November 1, 2017
Algoma University
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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1 week 2 days ago

Evan:

I agree that the film was very effective in spreading out the glory in regards to the Civil Rights movement. The one character that was shown in this film that current viewers might not understand how powerful and evil he was was that of J. Edgar Hoover, the FBI director. Also, under explained was the character of Malcolm X and how he could have been more involved in the struggle and not just as a martyr to the cause.

2 weeks 2 days ago

I really like the points you have made about how your understanding of historical events has been stronger since you were able to see the historical events actually portrayed in the film. I agree with you that film is a really effective way of teaching about historical events. However, I think is important to note and remember that there are some films that are extremely historically inaccurate or films that really misrepresent facts about historical events. This is why I think it is a good idea to keep an open mind when watching historical dramas/ or historical films, but keep in mind to be aware that the events being portrayed may not be entirely accurate.

1 month 6 days ago

Hi Mdigs23, I have to agree with your post. I enjoyed reading it. You made some real valid points. I also agree with your point about the purpose that film has a teaching device in the history classroom or in the telling of a story by means of showing students or audiences human realities such as memory suppression.

1 month 6 days ago

Hi Mdigs23, I have to agree with your post. I enjoyed reading it. You made some real valid points. I also agree with your point about the purpose that film has a teaching device in the history classroom or in the telling of a story by means of showing students or audiences human realities such as memory suppression.

2 months 43 min ago

Thank you for your feedback, and for the link with more info.

2 months 43 min ago

I never really considered that prospecive of the citizen, that really has me thinking differently now.

2 months 1 week ago

I hope it's good enough, and also I didn't watch Memento the whole way through, so that's why I didn't talk about it much.

2 months 1 week ago

While I agree this film does make a good documentary, I do think a perspective was left out of the film. The film focuses entirely on different soldiers experiences during the documentary while leaving out the perspective of a common citizen that may have been on the other side of the gun. I think it paints a different picture and can really show the horror that was captured at the end of the documentary. Would we still think the same of those depicted throughout the film? Would we have less sympathy? I think these questions are addressed with more viewpoints than just soldiers. While the film gives major incite of the events of the war, a common man's view may just have been effective or paint the whole story. Overall, I still think its good film, I just want a full picture considering when what voices should be used to tell the story of the war.

2 months 3 weeks ago

http://truthngo.org/remembering-sabra-shatila-massacre-35-years/

Check out the above link for more info on the massacre!

2 months 3 weeks ago

Gillian: over all a good initial reaction to the film, though I am not sure if documentary is the right term for it! By that I mean it was self reflective but one-sided, maybe it was my reaction to it being animated.

I will look to see what the cultural reaction to the film in Israel was upon its release. Especially in the current political climate in Israel this would not be a film that is looked upon kindly. But do not get me started on the current attitude of Israeli's towards Palestinians.

One thing that I would like to find out is the actual attitude of the local Lebanese Muslim population towards the refugees.

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    This course focuses on the use of film to portray modern history and the representation of the twentieth century through the medium of film. As one of the main ways that people access history, film plays an important (albeit sometimes problematic) role in the construction and representation of...

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