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The French Island of Martinique, was once made up of a society that thrived on discrimination and competition when moving up in social and economic status, during the 1930’s. In the film Sugar Cane Alley (Euzhan Palcy, 1983,) a young but intelligent young lad known as Jose, goes on an extreme mission to land an education to escape the horrors of the sugar cane fields. His main goal was to better himself which is a common goal that most people around the world try to achieve.

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            Throughout the year, I have watched three movies out of five in the crossing borders film series. One movie in particular that I enjoyed watching was Sugar Cane Alley (Euzhan Palcy, 1983). In this film, the main character, Jose, lives in a small village where the main source of work is working in the sugar cane fields that surround the small village. Jose is a gifted child that is expected to go to school; therefore he is exempt from working in the sugar cane fields. The focus I will be making is the portrayal of social issues in this film.

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In the article found on BBC News, entitled ''Reforming China's gulags'' written by Damian Grammaticas, we learn about the China's re-education camps, which were initially put in place in 1950. These camps are like prison, but to go through your ‘’sentence’’ you must do labor. There are many guards that are constantly watching over you, and walls and watchtowers are surrounding the place.

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College is not only a place for academics and student body activities, but drinking. It is starting to become a problem on college campuses.

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  Single, in a relationship, hooking up?

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In an article from the New York Times published on the 24th of september, Jeffrey D. Sachs is discusing a social issue in Africa.

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What is an issue that is growing so fast, it’s scary? The numbers are OFF THE SCALE! Obesity...

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Actually in Greece, it is said that seven young people entering on the job market out of ten will be unemployed. At the moment, it represents the highest unemployment level in Europe with a percentage of 62.4% of young adults between the age of 16 and 25. This period of unemployment is caused by the financial crisis that, as we know, affected Greece gravely since around 2010. As the author said, it is now doubly stressful to finish school by seeing what awaits them on the job market when they need to work and study hard for their final exams.

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The video game industry as well as movies and televisions shows are under the gun in an article that points the finger directly at the entertainment industry. Do these forms of entertainment really cause terrible tragedies such as Sandy Hook? An explanation is required to determine this.

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