ISS210 Section 37
Extra Credit: Film Analysis
This extra credit can add up to 6% to your overall course grade. It must conform to standard academic writing and formatting. You must include the citation for the film at the beginning of your submission.
Watch a documentary film from the list provided.
Identify the social problem. There are two ways a film engages with a social problem. One way to identify a social problem is direct. The film we watched in class, 13th, directly engages with the social problem of mass incarceration. A second way a social problem is identified in indirect. Documentaries about social movements use the social movement to illustrate the social problem.
Identify the thesis of the film. Procedure to find the thesis: What is the message the filmmaker is providing? What animates the film? How does the film want the audience to understand the social problem being addressed? The thesis of the film we watched in class, 13th, is that mass incarceration is the most recent mechanism of social control in the history of control over black people.
Identify the significance and purpose of the film. To do this, think about makes the social problem a problem that you should care about and why the film was made. What can we do with this information?
Outline and analyze the content of the film. Here you want to identify important elements of the film. If there is a story you want to relate, be sure to analyze it and explain why you thought that was important.
Make course connections. Choose a single concept from the course to integrate into your outline and analysis of the film. Be sure to illustrate several ways in which the concept is given meaning through the narratives in the film. For example, the film 13th might use the concept of the state and analyze how the state manages labor through racism; the same film could be analyzed in terms of the...