I am a graduate student taking a course on rhetoric and film. My paper
is about the 2002 ITVS film “Bombies,” exposing the danger of
cluster bomb units in Laos. I am examining the use of children (and I might
expand that to other vulnerable groups) for rhetorical effect, but I
have not been able to discover much research on the topic. Essentially I
am interested in the rhetoric of children, specifically, the
exploitation of threats on children to sway an adult audience.
I have found information on the victimization of the child; however, I
have been unable to locate a strong text that deals specifically with
the visual and emotional appeal threatened children bring to political
protest and/or propaganda films. Furthermore, I have been unable to
locate any scholarly articles about either the film or the director. I
would appreciate any suggestions you all may have, on or offline
Thanks much, Lynda Davis ([log in to unmask]) or ([log in to unmask]).
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