Film and Modern History (Fall 2017)

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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 the past. This course examines how films construct a particular version of the past and how thsi informs our understanding of history and the events of the twentieth century. 

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Reply to: Blog Post #1
5 jours 14 heures ago
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6 jours 23 heures ago

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

6 jours 23 heures ago

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

2 semaines 2 jours 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 semaines 5 jours 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.

1 mois 21 heures ago

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

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

1 mois 1 jour 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.

Reply to: Blog Post #2
1 année 10 mois ago

As you know we have been tasked with commenting on 2 blog posts, I have chosen yours. Your post is very well written. and you have very strong arguemnets, so I don't really have much to add, just suggests to improve arguements, or strengthen some you already have. The first being from the section of "What happens if we disagree with a specific law?" You stated that "Laws are set out to defend our rights and freedoms and because of them we live in peace and harmony in our societies," But aren't laws also inplace for things such as our safety? As well, laws are in place to prevent such things as legistlators from creating laws that aren't beneficial to Canadian's but to their own agenda. Another thing, we are not just born and know that we have to obey the law, but we are taught, how are we taught to obey and follow the law is a question that could be added.Just little details like that, though, the response to this question was very well written!

Another thing I want to look at is your statement from the arguement from the question "Are we obligated to obey the law all the time or are there circumstances where it is acceptable to disobey or disregard the content of a law?"
you stated that "here are certain circumstances where it is acceptable to disobey or disregard the law, in a situation where your life is at risk then a citizen has a right to protect it in a manner that may infringe on the life of the unlawful person." What is that certain circumstance where it is accceptable to disobey the law?

Reply to: Blog Post #2
1 année 10 mois ago

In the answers to the first question of "Why do we obey the law?" I have just a few questions about some of your statements that could either further your statement or even improve it such as the question where you said that "The reason as to why we obey the law is because we were raised and taught to do so. Most parents/caregivers teach us at young ages that we need to follow the laws because there could be consequences if not," but how are we taught this by our parents or caregivers? As well you also said that "Another example of a law that people are to follow is stopping behind a school bus. This law is more abided by because this could put kids to harm/risk if not followed," couldn't underage drinking be just as "harmful or risky" as not stopping for the school bus could be?

As well as for the second question "Are we obligated to obey the law all the time or are there circumstances where it is acceptable to disobey or disregard the content of a law?"Again I have just a few questions about some of your statements that could either further your statement or even improve it such as the question where you said that, "I believe that we are obligated to obey the law all the time. If there was a time in which we were able to disobey the said law, than there would be no point at all in even having the law there anymore. People would abuse that if were the case. I do not think that there is any times in which it is acceptable to disobey the law because it could potentially put others to harm if not followed." But aren't there certain cases everyday where people disobey the law? Such as a person going over the speed limit, even if it is just be a simple 5 or 10 over the limit, a law is still being broken isn't it? Or another example that you mention, underage drinking, also downloading music illegal, the list goes on and on.

Reply to: Blog Post #2
1 année 10 mois ago

In the answers to the first question of "Why do we obey the law?" I have just a few questions about some of your statements that could either further your statement or even improve it such as the question where you said that "The reason as to why we obey the law is because we were raised and taught to do so. Most parents/caregivers teach us at young ages that we need to follow the laws because there could be consequences if not," but how are we taught this by our parents or caregivers? As well you also said that "Another example of a law that people are to follow is stopping behind a school bus. This law is more abided by because this could put kids to harm/risk if not followed," couldn't underage drinking be just as "harmful or risky" as not stopping for the school bus could be?

As well as for the second question "Are we obligated to obey the law all the time or are there circumstances where it is acceptable to disobey or disregard the content of a law?"Again I have just a few questions about some of your statements that could either further your statement or even improve it such as the question where you said that, "I believe that we are obligated to obey the law all the time. If there was a time in which we were able to disobey the said law, than there would be no point at all in even having the law there anymore. People would abuse that if were the case. I do not think that there is any times in which it is acceptable to disobey the law because it could potentially put others to harm if not followed." But aren't there certain cases everyday where people disobey the law? Such as a person going over the speed limit, even if it is just be a simple 5 or 10 over the limit, a law is still being broken isn't it? Or another example that you mention, underage drinking, also downloading music illegal, the list goes on and on.

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