difficult questions regarding democracy and difference

I have chosen film, cinema, in my work in order to theorize difficult questions regarding democracy and difference.  There are, however, many points of caution in choosing to use film.  Films often can reinforce and affirm stereotyped and demeaning images of others; that is, film is as effective a tool for installing as it is for challenging and overcoming oppression.  However, as I write in Chapter One, the fictionalized realism of film can allow for a sharing of the different experiences that individuals live through and can serve as a helpful tool to uncover the raw materials that make up our various social or cultural identities.  In other words, and more specifically, film and film criticism facilitate the search for a location from which to envision a democratic politics in ways that are respectful of difference and that quite possibly can contribute to the transformation of one’s sensibilities by providing an opportunity to theorize and imagine a new or emerging politics from a position of eyewitness

Identify two films not presented in class that you believe have the potential to transform one’s political sensibilities pertaining to deep differences. In addition to your recommendations, be sure to give a full citation and a short abstract for each of the two films you suggest

films presented in class

milk 2008

my own private ldaho 1998

boys don’t cry 1998

do the right thing 1989

smoke signals 1998

boyz on the hood 1991

selma 2014
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