Directions for Critical Essay Ø Due no later than Wednesday, September 30, 2015, 4:00 pm (class time); Film availability is limited so start as soon as possible. Ø Submit via Blackboard > Assessments > Film Response Paper Ø Format: Must be 4-5 typed pages, Word document, 12 pt. font, Times New Roman, doublespaced, 1” margins > Failure to follow this rule will deduct points from your grade. 1) Choose ONE of the following films to view in its entirety and on which to write the response paper: Amreeka, Boyz n the Hood, The Business of Fancydancing, Do the Right Thing, Eat a Bowl of Tea, El Norte, The Godfather, Going My Way, Goodfellas, Hester Street, My Family, The Rose Tattoo, Tie a Yellow Ribbon Most of the films are on reserve in Media Services (basement, Paley Library). Since the films are on reserve, they cannot be checked out but must be watched in Media Services. Headphones are provided or you may bring your own. If you want to watch a film as a small group (min. 3, max. 5), you can request a screening room when you arrive. For two people viewing together, you may request headphone splitters. 2) The Response Paper should be a Critical Essay (see Corrigan reading) which considers and responds to the following: • Think of the ways in which we’ve discussed race and ethnicity in class, how they are social constructions, and how our ideas of race and ethnicity are often influenced by socially constructed stereotypes either reinforced or deconstructed by film. • Discuss how the film as a whole displays racial and/or ethnic stereotypes. Does it reinforce them? Does it tear down those stereotypes? If so, with what new representation does it replace them? Is the new representation of the group better or is it problematic in its own way? Why? • Choose a specific scene which highlights race and/or ethnicity (if we’ve viewed the film in class, choose a scene we DID NOT view). Discuss this scene in detail. How does the scene display race and/or ethnicity? In what ways might it reinforce or question racial and/or ethnic stereotypes? NOTE: Be sure to use the terms ‘race’ and ‘ethnicity’ appropriately. The U.S. Census Bureau identifies the following races: White – a person having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, the Middle East, or North Africa Black or African American – a person having origins in any of the Black racial groups of Africa Native American – a person having origins in any of the original peoples of North and South America (including Central America) and who maintains tribal affiliation or community attachment Asian – a person having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, or the Indian subcontinent, including Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippine Islands, Thailand, and Vietnam Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander – a person having origins in any of the original peoples of Hawaii, Guam, Samoa, or other Pacific Islands The following are identified as ethnicities: Irish-American Italian-American Hispanic (native of Spain) Latino / Latina (person of Latin American origin) Chicano / Chicana (person of Mexican origin)
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