Exercise 3.1: Selecting Exhibits for Research Essay

Objective: identify a possible exhibit for your scholarly research essay.

Estimated time: 1-2 hours

Due by 11:59 p.m. Friday, April 3rd

Part 1—Reading

Review the Essay 3 assignment guidelines (REVISED).

Part 2—Watching

  1. “The Danger of a Single Story” TED Talk by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. As you watch the video, consider that it’s not just others who create single stories about us—we all do it too.
  2. “Representation & the Media: Featuring Stuart Hall” (video)
  3. “But Wait: Do We Really CONSUME Media?” (video)

Part 3—Research to Select Your Exhibit

Do some preliminary research to help you to select a film that you’re able to compose a strong research question and make a strong argument about your film. Post your selection as a comment below. The film does not have to be in English, but English subtitles must be available.

You may select from the list below or choose a film of your own. However, if you want to choose a film not on the list below, it must be available in the QC library or on Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu,  iTunes, or HBO; you must provide a synopsis of how the film represents cultural identity; and I must approve the film.

Film Selections for Essay 3

  • Bamboozled (2000) African American
  • Beasts of No Nation (2015) unnamed African country
  • Before Night Falls (2000) Cuban LGBTQ+
  • Bend it Like Beckham (2002) British-Indian woman
  • BlacKkKlansman (2018) African American
  • Boys Don’t Cry (1999) LGBTQ+
  • The Breadwinner (2017) Afghan
  • But I’m a Cheerleader (1999) LGBTQ+
  • Dances with Wolves (1990) Native American
  • Daughters of the Dust (1991) African American/Gullah women
  • Dear White People (2014) African American
  • Disobedience (2017) Jewish LGBTQ+
  • East Side Sushi (2014) Mexican-American woman
  • The Education of Little Tree (1997) Native American
  • Ghost in the Shell (1995) Japanese
  • La Haine (Hate) (1995) French immigrants
  • Half of a Yellow Sun (2013) Nigerian
  • Hidden Figures (2017) African American women
  • Joy Luck Club (1993) Chinese-American women
  • Lagaan – Once Upon a Time in India (2001) India
  • Loving (2016) interracial couple/African American and white
  • The Man Who Knew Infinity (2015) Indian
  • Ma Vie en Rose (My LIfe in Pink) (1997) French LGBTQ+
  • Margarita Through a Straw (2014) Indian LGBTQ+
  • Mississippi Masala (1991) Indian-American and African American
  • Moonlight (2016) African American LGBTQ+
  • Mulan (1998) Chinese girl
  • The Namesake (2006) Indian-American
  • Pariah (2011) African American LGBTQ+
  • Persepolis (2007) Persian/Iranian
  • PK (2014) Indian
  • Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002) Australian indigenous
  • Real Women Have Curves (2002) Mexican-American
  • The Shape of Water (2017) the “other”
  • A Silent Voice (2016) Japan
  • Sitara: Let Girls Dream (2019) Pakistani
  • Skin (2008) South African
  • Smoke Signals (1998) Native American
  • Sometimes in April (2005) Rwanda
  • Sorry to Bother You African American (2018)
  • Today’s Special (2009) Indian-American
  • Tortilla Soup (2001) Mexican-American
  • Under the Same Moon (2007) Mexican immigrant
  • The Walkout (2006) Mexican-American
  • Whale Rider (2002) Māori
  • Yeh Ballet (2020) Indian

Journal 3.1 (private writing): What is your motivation for writing about the film you chose?

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32 thoughts on “Exercise 3.1: Selecting Exhibits for Research Essay

  1. Film review: Khuda Kay Liye/ In The Name of God (2007)
    The entire movie with subtitles is available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCFdFnTBkxA

    This film is about the difficult situation in which Pakistanis in particular and the Muslims in general are caught up since 9/11. There is a war going on between the Fundamentalists and the Liberal Muslims. This situation is creating a drift not only between the western world and the Muslims but also within the Muslim community. The educated and modern Muslims are in a difficult situation because of their approach towards life and their western attire. They are criticized and harassed by the fundamentalists, on the other hand, the western world sees them as potential suspects of terrorism just because of their Muslim names.

    This paradox is resulting in great suffering for a forward-looking Muslim. This is the theme of the film ‘Khuda Ke Liay’ which in English means “for god’s sake!”. Since it is meant for the South Asian market, the title was misinterpreted from its original name which was written in the Urdu script.

    The interesting thing about this film is how it connects the happenings in three continents, unlike the usual Indian and Pakistani films based on romantic sagas, dances and songs, this film is based on some very serious issues, raising controversial questions engaging Muslim minds these days

  2. Film review:Mulan (1998) Chinese girl

    This movie tells that in ancient China, Hua Mulan was the eldest daughter in the family. Since this was the time of the National War, the army went to catch civilian men everywhere to make them new soldiers and finally found the Mulan family. Inside, Mulan couldn’t bear the old disabled father’s battle in the battlefield, decided to cut off his long hair, stole his father’s armor, and decided to disguise as a man and join the army. In the process of joining the army, Mulan relied on her strong will and passed the hard training from level to level. Her spirit also moved all her comrades in arms. When the war situation was urgent, she was also found the identity of the woman. She was left in the snow, and in the end it was her bravery and warfare that successfully assisted the army to repel the invasion of other countries.

  3. The Prince of Egypt (1998)
    This film represents cultural identity, by showing how the Jewish people left Egypt, it is not exactly as how it happened but shows a close idea of how it happened. Without the Jewish people leaving Egypt, they wouldn’t have received the Bible from God thus not making them the Jewish people anymore. Therefore, the film represents cultural identity of the Jewish people.

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