You are to write a 500-750 word (approx. 2-3 pages, double spaced) reflection at the end of every film unit we have in Afram 29. These reflections are your opportunity to explore the films’ themes of that unit. In your reflection, you can compare and contrast the films from a particular unit, or choose to focus on one film that stood out to you.
- 500-750 words
- Include Word Count on Reflection (top or bottom of page)!
Questions + General Points to Address in Your Reflection:
Note: You do not need to answer all of these questions, they are meant to be helpful for you in figuring out the direction of your reflection. I recommend you focus on 1 or 2 questions, or use these as a way to formulate your own questions that you want to address.
- Does this film(s) challenge black stereotypes? Why or why not?
- Is this film(s) groundbreaking? Or do you find the film(s), or something about the film, problematic?
- How does the film’s the setting (time, place, historical context) story (plot, point of view) impact the film overall? How do the film’s different settings compare to each other?
- Who are major characters and actors (gender, ethnicity, class, morality, roles, stereotypes)? What is their significance? What impact do these characters have on the film overall? Are these characters realistic, stereotypical, or satirical?
- What impact do film’s elements (cinematography, editing, sounds/music) have overall? How do elements from different films compare to each other?
- You can focus on a particular scene or character from one of the films, quote from the reading, and/or raise and explore an interesting question
Submit Film Reflection #1 here!
Also, I want to make it clear that this reflection covers the first 2 films we examined: Birth of a Nation and Carmen Jones. Also, you can choose to compare and contrast the films, or choose to focus your reflection on just one film that stuck out to you.