Monday, January 15, 2018

Pride - watching a movie and discussing the content

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pride_(2014_film)

This week we started a 2,5 week project called "Pride," and the movie Pride is indeed the main focal point of the project.

This is the initial information that the students received:

In this project you will watch the film “Pride” and then discuss the content of the movie in smaller groups. The focus is on oral interaction and discussion of important themes from the film.


Plan:
We will watch the film during two lessons, and you will take notes while watching. Discussions will be in smaller groups during two lessons.
Remember to be able to talk about:

  • Setting = where the film takes place; where are we?
  • Plot = the general actions and happenings of the film; what happens?
  • Mood = Are there different kinds of moods in the film? Do they change?
  • Theme = what is the primary theme of the film? E.g. “loss of innocence”, “Man vs. Nature”, “death as part of life” etc..
  • Characters = focus on the main characters and describe their personalities (interior/exterior)


After watching the movie the students were divided into smaller groups (of five-six), and, with the help of a few questions and the elements above, there was intense interaction as the movie was discussed.

Examples of questions:


Fight for solidarity and tolerance


Mark Ashton says at the beginning of the film: "An exposed group should show solidarity with other vulnerable groups. It's illogical to say I'm gay and intend to defend our group, but I do not care about anyone else. "
1. Discuss Mark's statement. What makes him, despite resistance, continue his fight for the miners? How does he succeed in persuading the others? Can Mark's thoughts teach us something about how today's cooperation could look between different vulnerable groups in society?


Dai Sullivan is the mining worker who first contact LGSM. Unlike many of the others he is tolerant and grateful for their help. "When you fight an enemy that is so much bigger and stronger than you and you find a friend that you did not know existed, it is the most beautiful feeling in the world.”
2. Which reception does the group get when Dai first introduces them to the other miners? How important is Dai’s role for the relations between the gay activists and the little village?



3. Describe Hefina. What is she like? Why do you think she takes such a solid stand for the gay community?


4. Who else takes a stand for them and is grateful for their help?
The women in the village are generally more open to gay activists than men.
5. What do you think about this? What has the strike meant for the women’s situation in the village?


6. How can one notice that both curiosity and the prejudices that are facing the gay activists also lead to new contacts and friendship?


A woman in the village is sitting together with her sons and want to stop "the perverted intruders" despite the fact that they have collected thousands of pounds that they gave to the village.
7. What is the reason for her negativity? What does she refer to when she tries to stop them? How do the others in the village react to her actions?


Even though the tolerance against gay activists is increasing not everything goes well. When Mark faces the miners and gives a speech to better the relationship, he fails completely.
8. What is wrong with his speech? What does he presume that makes many upset?


When the gossip magazine The Sun is mocking LGSM's activities and collection under the heading "Pits and Perverts" they decide to turn it around by using it to their own advantage.
9. In what way do they succeed? What's the concert?

10. How are the reactions from the villagers in front of the other visitors to the concert? What experiences and discoveries do they have and make during the London visit?

(questions taken and translated from http://www.filminstitutet.se/contentassets/a3eeb380284743f19330572604d42712/pride.pdf )



Additionally, each student was also given the chance to record 1-2 Flipgrid videos:


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