Film as a means of colonialism

There was a discussion point made by David in class about film as a means of colonialism. How cinematic conventions of other countries are borrowed and how films could also be influential to future cinematic films.

Another point that was made was about how different countries could view a film. How some countries may find a film funny while other countries find the same film ridiculously funny. All of this interpretation depends on the country’s own cultural views. If a film applies somekind of belief or a display of culture in society, there’d be a more emotional connection between the people and the film. That connection could either be based on stereotypes, religion, and even racism.

Sometimes there can be situtations where a country may view a film as very insulting while others find it funny. For example, the 2006 comedy film Borat. The plot involved a man from Kazakhstan touring the US in order to make a documentary of America’s Culture. Different aspects of the Kazakh culture were displayed in this film and I am sure that stereotypical views of the Kazakh developed. Most of it involved rude behavior. All Arab countries except for lebanon banned this film. The Russian Government discouraged cinemas there from showing it.

Although, I did think that a few parts of the film were funny. Mostly because it didn’t make sense and also because of the character’s eccentric behavior.


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