What did you learn about the presentation of Latinos in American film since 9/11?
I thought there were quite a few parallels between this film and Journey of Hope. That could be a place for you to start discussing your reaction to El Norte and how strong you think its message is.
I hope everyone enjoyed our switch to comedy. What caught your attention? Were there things you liked about the characters, the plot, or the filming? Did you make comparisons with other films from class or just any you know about? Was there anything you found confusing or didn’t like?
The Mortal Storm is a rarely seen film, yet it addresses one of the most important events in history, WWII. It’s the most direct anti-Nazi statement Hollywood made before the war. What did you think of the movie or the presentation the following night?
This film provides one of the most troubling pictures of the diasporic experience that we’ve seen. Perhaps this is because the characters do nothing to deserve what happens to them, and then they become so thoroughly helpless at the hands of people who could helpful. Is this film that it was good to work up to by seeing other dimensions of immigrants struggles first? Was there some logical continuty in the sequence of these films? What in the film affected you most?
Tell the impressions and ideas you got from Jarrett, especially of what’s involved in making movies.
As you were watching La Haine, what were your thoughts and feelings? Were you wondering where it was headed? Did you get frustrated with the main characters? Were you more or less angry with the police? What did you think of the way we saw the characters in relation to their environment and others around them? Besides the black and white cinematography, what else added to the sense of realism? What took away from it? These are just possible prompts, but feel free to say what you wish.