Sunday, 26 February 2012

The world of cultural diversity through film

So I am about to teach a research unit on Cultural Geography, part of the Unit 4 Edexcel A-level spec. It look fascinating and i thought I would start off by encouraging my students to explore cultural diversity through film - in an ever time spaced compressed world of homogeneous, cloned high streets and TNC cultural imperialism there is a fear that culture is becoming the same - homogenised and assimilated - but human nature has a habit for surviving and finding alternative spaces in which to express individual identity and keep customs from a past way of life.

Here are a few films that i thought of to show cultural diversity:

This is England - Mod and Skinhead culture in Thatcher's Briton.

East is East and Bend it like Beckham - clash of cultures and traditons versus Western influence

Lost in Translation:

Buena Vista Social Club - Cuban music survival in an era of online mucsic and itunes...

The class - entre les murs:
Teacher and novelist François Bégaudeau plays a version of himself as he negotiates a year with his racially mixed students from a tough Parisian neighborhood.

Other titles of interest:
Goodbye Lenin! / Slumdog Millionaire / City of God / Waltz with Bashir / Babel / Fight Club / The Wickerman (for paganism)