Homework Question on The Movie ‘Hotel Rwanda’
The purpose of this assignment is to critically watch and review a movie with popular culture themes/symbols in terms of the sociological perspective and cultural theories. Many say art imitates life, and we see a reflection of our society and its values in art and entertainment. Others say life imitates are many of our behaviors and values are modeled after what we see in art and entertainment. Either way, you will find examples of popular culture in the movies. Instructions:
1) Select a movie: For this assignment, you will need to select one movie. Even if it is a movie you have seen before, you need to re-watch the movie with a critical eye towards the social construction of reality and illustrations of other sociological/cultural concepts.
Suggested Movie Options: Hotel Rwanda Brazil Million Dollar Baby Office Space Gandhi Boys Don’t Cry The Village Cape Fear (deNiro version) Mystic River Last Samurai Mothman Prophecies Traffic The Wall Glory Stepford Wives Pretty in Pink Hoop Dreams The Terminal The Breakfast Club It’s a Wonderful Life Bowling for Columbine Grapes of Wrath Pretty Woman The Hours To Kill a Mockingbird Citizen Kane Cabin Fever Clockwork Orange Fight Club Radio Crash Nosferatu Titanic The Gods Must be Crazy Taxi Driver Coming to America American History X Roger & Me Fight Club Inherit the Wind Dead Poet’s Society Mona Lisa’s Smile Bullworth Life is Beautiful American Beauty Lord of the Flies The Truman Show The Matrix With Honors Affluenza Erin Brokovich Working Girl Risky Business Baby Boom Rain Man Philadelphia Dogma Chocolat Parenthood Shawshank Redemption Last Castle Witness Meet Joe Black
2) Analyze the movie: After watching the movie, you will write a 3-5 page review, consisting of:
a) intro paragraph noting the relevance of the movie to the course
b) one page description/summary of the contents of the film -How was the story presented? ——-i.e. flashbacks, sequential, from a particular character’s point of view, etc. -What was the intention of the film and/or filmmaker? ——-Was this intention fulfilled or met? -Did the way the movie was produced and presented affect the content? -Were there specific scenes or occurrences, which stood out as being essential to the development of the story and/or to your understanding of it? -Major substantive points of the movie? -Any secondary points made? -Any ‘unintentional’ results of the movie?
c) 0.5-1 page in which you discuss how popular culture themes were constructed in the movie use at least 3 examples
d) 1-2 pages in which you use at least 4 sociological/pop cultural concepts covered in this course to analyze the movie (cite class materials as you do so)
e) Analyze which issues emerged as the strongest…as the weakest?
f) Briefly compare the popular culture themes in the movie you watched for this assignment to another movie you have previously seen that had similar themes.
- The paper should be typed,
- 12-point font,
- 1” margins.
- Remember to include a citation for the movie, in proper APA format, and make sure your name is on your paper.
Assignment 1 meets the following course objectives:
- Compare and contrast culture, popular, high culture, elite culture, mass culture, low culture, subculture and counterculture.
- Describe examples of the different types of norms operative in popular culture, and how these are related to the process of social control.
- Apply key cultural theories and analytical dimensions for examining popular culture.
- Explain how various elements of popular culture inform or reflect our attitudes, behavior, and society and why the popular culture becomes popular.
- Illustrate diversity in popular culture and concepts of multiculturalism, ethnocentrism, and cultural relativism with reference to key stratifying factors such as gender, race, ethnicity, class, age, region and sexuality.
- Analyze culture within individual, social, historical, political, economic, and global contexts.
- Describe the cultural and social significance of popular culture in shaping the larger contemporary American society. Examine the roles of print media, art, music, radio, television, motion picture, the Internet, sports, fashion, and technology in the development of American popular culture.
Homework Answer on The Movie ‘Hotel Rwanda’
The movie ‘Hotel Rwanda’ shows various popular culture themes. It was released ten years after the incidence of Rwanda’s genocide in December 2004.It’s Directed by Mr. Terry Georges. The movie’s thrilling features are based on true genocide stories which took place in Rwanda in 1994. The genocide started in early April after the shooting down of the Rwandan president’s plane.
The country of Rwanda is mostly populated by the Hutus who took the vengeance part in the genocide blaming the minority Tutsis for the president’s murder and began killing them (Lieberfeld, 2007). The paper is a critical review of the movie based on popular culture themes in regards to the cultural theories and sociological perspectives.
Summary of the Contents of the Film
The story is presented from a particular character’s point of view. It also follows one man Paul Rusesabagina, the manager of a very successful Rwandan hotel that mostly dealt with white guests. Paul had a Hutu childhood background, but was married to a Tutsi, hence ended up with a mix of children.