Compare two films from different countries
Answer one of the following questions. In your essay, compare two films from different countries. Select these films either from the primary list watched and discussed in class, or the supplementary films listed for each week in the “Weekly Schedule” below. Choose the following films to compare which provided in the word document of ‘Essay- Description’ with the films list that under the three questions.
1. A frequent effect of Asian national cinemas is to problematize the self-image of the producing country and, at the same time, the image of that country in the minds of (potential) Western audiences. What filmic strategies enable such problematisations?
2. A common concern in contemporary films from Asia is a shifting conception of gender, and particularly of gender hierarchies. Male characters are frequently dysfunctional, inarticulate, lacking any direction, while female characters struggle to find agency. To what extent do contemporary films use this crisis to imagine different understandings of gender?
3. One function of several Asian national cinemas is to deal with traumatic memories, and by depicting a “post-traumatic” identity to help viewers remember what is too painful to recuperate. Examine the significance of trauma in two films.