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ERIC Number: EJ950245
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 11
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 13
ISSN: ISSN-1071-4413
Looking through the Cinematic Mirror: Film as an Educational Tool
James, Carl E.; Marin, Lea; Kassam, Shelina
Review of Education, Pedagogy & Cultural Studies, v33 n4 p354-364 2011
In a world in which social media, visual images, and instant messaging are the everyday realities of today's young people, films and videos play a crucial role in developing a critical understanding of how social, economic, political, and cultural structures mediate the lives of youth. As teaching tools and cultural media, videos, and films offer frameworks through which one can access the political and cultural realities of the world in which racialized minority and immigrant youth live. In as much as youth see themselves represented in various media, they can also learn to critically question identity, representation, and ideologies. In this article, the authors look at the stories that four films--"Warrior Boys, Family Motel, Invisible City," and "Colour Blind"--communicate about racial minority and immigrant youth in Canada. They are especially interested in how the films engage issues of racialization, racism and colonization, as well as anti-racism and anti-colonialism. They reflect on the racialized norms within these films noting the particularity of their storylines: their starting points, assumptions, and agendas; how they employ examples; their moral undertone; and the roles of the antagonists. They discuss the extent to which the videos reinscribe or challenge existing images of racialized youth, and/or provide critical insights into the colonization and racialization process. (Contains 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada