Tuesday, April 12, 2011

'Identity' Practicals

Let us do an exercise!

Stand on one leg and with the finger tip of the other, draw a few circles on the ground. Now assume an expression of coyness ...

Well, well.

We have read two articles on identity, which talked about anything but identity, and now let us try applying it to a text! Our next reading session is a movie and a discussion that should emerge from it.

Adopted. The movie is a 2008 documentary directed by first time director Barb Lee.

It is an American documentary on inter-racial, international adoptions in the US and the problems that entails.

Read the plot summary below.

Of the 1.5 million adopted children in the United States, international adoptees are the fastest growing segment - and most adopted are Asian girls. While many of their stories are heartwarming and play into our self-image of American compassion and generosity, the realities are much more complex. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, adoptees have significantly more behavioral problems than non-adopted children. 'Adopted' reveals the grit rather than the glamor of trans-racial adoption. First-time director, Barb Lee, goes deep into the intimate lives of two well-meaning families and shows us the subtle challenges they face. One family is just beginning the process of adopting a baby from China and is filled with hope and possibility. The other family's adopted Korean daughter is now 32 years old. Prompted by her adoptive mother's terminal illness, she tries to create the bond they never had. The results are riveting, unpredictable and telling. While the two families are at opposite ends of the journey, their stories converge to show us that love alone isn't enough to make a family work.
 Some movie, eh?
So, now on to the trailer.

The movie screening will be held at
2.30pm on Monday 18th April, 2011 
in the Humanities Lecture Hall.
The movie is in English, and no subs.
I think the fun will start after the movie ends! We need volunteers for this theory adventure! Try applying what we have read in the previous two classes to the movie we are going to watch and see what happens. Hopefully, something less tragic than the movie itself! :D 

All are welcome for the movie! You should have read the articles to participate in the ensuing argument/ discussion.

Posters coming up soon.

For the link hungry ones:
Movie Website | IMDB | Random Review

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