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I have been very pleased with the discusson concerning "foreign" films and
their use for film courses. I heartly recommend for you all the book Gloria
Monti has already presented here "Unthinking Eurocentrism" by Shohat and Stam.
It is interesting!
I also want to tell my eperience with some first year's journalism students
with whom we analysed different kinds of media products. I showed them
Idrissa Ouedraogos film "Tilai" and for the most of them it was the first time
in their life they saw an African film. They hardly knew where is Burkina
Faso. The reactions were very embarrased: why the film is so
slow? They also considered the relationship between the lovers really odd.
Clearly both history and the way to make a film were different they were used
to. - Anyway, I'm still in contact with these same students and know that
they still (after three years) remember this film because it gave them
some new ideas. We the teachers are also responsable, if we don't propose
anything different how in earth could the students find these films when they
are not shown anywhere.
 
Mari Maasilta