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For your Mid Term Assignment you will choose ONE film that is a known motion picture that you enjoy.

For this week’s assignment you will choose ONE film that is a known motion picture that you enjoy and deals with an aspect(s) of Multicultural issues. The film can be a current/recent film or a film that is from a different era of the last 60-70 years. It can be a Drama, Tragedy, Historical Narrative, or a Comedy if the comedy that looks to make a point and comment about culture and society.

This film should have something to say about societal, cultural, political, racial, religious or relational issues that we may be dealing with today or have dealt with as a nation. The thrust and emphasis of the story for your film should surround a topic that we have been wrestling with so far in this course. Issues may include African American issues, education, Asian American issues, poverty, immigration, racial history in America, assimilation, films that deal with the rise and individuals of the LGBTQ movement or films that deal with social change, political change, ethnic or racial problems, historical looks at our past and the wrongs we may have done and what we learn now. Choose a film YOU want to watch and can be passionate about.

There 20 Questions. This is worth 100 pts.

Please reflect on our previous lesson #5 where we discussed Play (Hodge) analysis for your midterm assignment.

As your watching the film, answer the questions below to the best of your ability. Your answers should explain how well you understand the story, the plot, its structure, the characters and the relevant action of the story/film. Please spend time with your answers. These questions require some thought. You must express how you believe your conclusions to these questions impact the action of the story and the characters.

TITLE OF FILM: _______________________________________

Given Circumstances:

1. Geographical location, including climate:

2. Date; year, season, time of day:

3. Economic environment (What is the ECONOMY like for the Characters? How does it affect them?)

4. Political environment (Who is IN- CHARGE in the relationships? Who or what has the power?)

5. Social environment (what are the characters SOCIAL NORMS? How/who do they CONDUCT themselves with? How does that affect the story)

6. Religious environment (what effect does RELIGION/ FAITH or the LACK OF RELIGION/FAITH play and affect your story?)

Play Structure

7. Who is the Protagonist and what does he or she ultimately want or hopes to achieve by the end of the story? (Their "Super Objective"?)

8. Who is the Antagonist and what does he or she ultimately want or hopes to achieve by the end of the story? (Their "Super Objective"?)

9. List the Inciting Event (the event before the story starts that sets up the action.)

10. List the Stasis (how does the world of the story open and exist?)

11. List the Intrusion (that moment or event that provokes the present action into motion // breaks the stasis)

12. List events in the story of the Rising Action. (The dramatic events leading to climax)

13. List the major Crisis moment(s) 6-8 examples

14. List the Climax

15. List the Resolution // The Return to Stasis ( the way the world is now)

CONCLUSIONS: (Please flesh out your conclusions and explain how your conclusions affect the overall idea and intent of the film-makers.)

1. How does the clash of desire, will, and objective between the Protagonist and the Antagonists help provide the dramatic conflict for the story and shape the overall idea of the film and the film makers intent?

2. In your opinion, what is the major social, political, cultural or relational issue that this film is speaking to and why? What do you believe is the overriding point or theme of your film and what you believe the filmmakers are trying to convey about that issue?

3. How does this film help to shape your own overall outlook at Multicultural issues and the problems we face as a society? Do you believe that this film can help with the issue(s) and conversations about what the film speaks to? Why or why not?


Tutor Answer

eetorres
School: UC Berkeley

Here you go! Let me know if you need anything change :D

Title of Film: Beast of No nation
Given Circumstances:
1. Geographical location, including climate:
The movie’s location is unknown throughout the film, though enough information is
given to make an approximation. From what we know throughout the movie, the
actions start in a small town in West Africa, possibly in Sierra Leone or Liberia, but it
moves to different locations within the region as the main character, Agu, travels along
with the men. The area where they move is arid and hot; an area that could easily be
recognized as a desert. However, not all the areas are desert-like, but rather thick, lush
forests. Abandoned and populated towns are alternated throughout the course of the
movie, but they do not get an exact name to call them by.
2. Date; year, season, time of day:
Again, like with its location, the movie does not outwardly express the timeframe in
which it is developing. Like with its location, though, we take an estimate. The film
appears to be set in modern times, from the weapons and technology used. The actions
of the film take place throughout the course of several months, or years, depending on
the viewer’s perception. Seasons are not really portrayed, seeing as the region is not
affected by their change like more northern locations; there is no spring, summer, fall or
winter, but rather a more tropical version of this.
3. Economic environment (What is the ECONOMY like for the Characters? How does it
affect them?
At the beginning of the film, the majority of the population in the village is incredibly
precarious. They are affected by the war that is going on around them. This leads to the
rupture of traditional market structures, which limits the opportunity of people to
acquire a living wage through their labor of the sale of their products. TIn turn, this
causes people to seek jobs of dubious legality, in the search for income, like their
participation in a guerrilla. The children, who are not exempt from the damages of war,
are often left orphaned and with no means to survive. Young children, as young as six,
are drafted to the different factions of guerrilla and are then forced to participate in a
war they do not understand. In contrast, high-ranking officers and politicians enjoy a
wealth that would be unimaginable for people like Agu, the protagonist.
4. 4. Political environment (Who is IN- CHARGE in the relationships? Who or what has
the power?)
Like the economy, the political structure of the country where the story develops is
severely shaken. A dictatorship is in place; one that is bound to topple over the moment
the opposing factions manage to overthrow them. There is a lack of other state
institutions that we normally take for granted in modern society, like an established,
well-regulated army, and local and federal police forces. There is a lot of intervention
from foreign NGOs and human rights organizations, which often serve as a stand-in for a

judicial system, or at least, a minor approximation to it.
Within the context of Agu’s story, the person who represents this oppressive structure is
the Commandant, who holds Agu hostage within his militia.
5. Social environment (what are the characters SOCIAL NORMS? How/who do they
CONDUCT themselves with? How does that affect the story)
The social situation is equally precarious. The basic family structure is destroyed,
through the murder of the adult men in the villages once a faction takes over, the
capture of the women a...

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