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On Tue, 28 Dec 1993 14:36:12 +1200 Harriet E. Margolis said:
>>  Robert Withers <[log in to unmask]>  writes:
>>> For my introductory film course for undergraduate education majors (paired
>>> with an education course on literacy and whole language) I tried showing
>>> "Sherman's March" as an example of a kind of direct first person film that
>>> connects the personal and the political.  The problem is, the film is
>>> about a half-hour too long and bogs down too much at first with an
>>> extended profile of a would-be actress who is not very sympathetic.  So
>>> many of the students didn't connect.
>
>        Ouch.  It pains me to hear this, both because, as a Tar Heel (as is
>McElwee) SHERMAN'S MARCH _does_ speak to me, and because I'm currently
>planning to show it in our department's intro Hist & Crit course.
     I had trouble with this film the first time I tried to watch it myself.
Something about the pacing -- and that actress.  But having tried again, I
found it compelling and unique.   Every film class is different, though.  The
group I showed it to was all-female, New York urban environment, education
majors.  Some liked it, of course, but not enough got interested.
 
>                If the Maori material sounds of interest, ask me about them
>in a couple of weeks.  Then we can explore their availability in the
>States.  Merata Mita, it may help to know, appears as an entry in _The
>Women's Companion to International Film_.
>        TONGUES UNTIED is wonderful, but it is likely to pose problems,
>given its subject matter.  It's certainly poetic, but not obviously first
>person.
>
     Yes, and the first person aspect is very important.  It ties in with
things the students are doing in their paired education class, and it also
serves as a point of comparision with two other films I show, "Sugar Cane
Alley," which is a conventional realist narrative film based on a first person
memoir, and a video version of Anna Devere Smith's "Fires in the Mirror," in
which she presents a series of first person "impersonations" of people she has
interviewed about racism and the Crown Heights deaths and riots in Brooklyn.
So I was looking for something that was even more directly first person, and
also dealt with political/social issues.  Don't know if your Maori film is
like that. But thanks for the response.
                                       Robert
 
Robert Withers
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Brooklyn College
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