Comparing and Contrasting 2 Films

Topics:Please choose TWO films, (LIST OF FILMS TO CHOOSE FROM ARE DOWN BELOW KEEP SCROLLING) and compare and contrast how each director represents socio-political contemporary issues in their respective countries/regions by analyzing the greater significance of the films’ major themes as well as production practices and/or aesthetics.Examples of production practices may include shooting on location, casting professional/non-professional actors and transnational directors who live/work in different countries, etc.Examples of aesthetics may include the significance of the lighting, sound and production design/mise-en-scene, color, shot composition, and editing).Guidelines and Suggestions for Getting Started:Please begin by explaining the which TWO films you will analyze and explain how these films use aesthetics to represent contemporary issues that you will identify in your thesis statement (i.e. globalization, refugees, immigration, diaspora, religious/cultural differences, economic inequalities/class differences, racial and/or gender inequalities, etc) by writing a thesis that contains a WHAT, HOW, WHY.I encourage you to compare and contrast different stylistic choices that are used to represent this issue as well as how this particular issue is relevant to each respective country/region/era, etc. You may discuss how each director represents the same issue or compare two different issues, etc.The remainder of your response should carefully and closely analyze specific scenes from both films and you must contextualize your arguments and ideas using concepts.Requirements:Your response should include a thesis statement (see below) and a conclusion. It should be approximately 6-7 pages, typed, double-spaced, 12 pt font (with a minimum of 6 pages in order to not receive a grade deduction).Your thesis should include a What (argument/topic), How (approach at analyzing your argument/topic) and Why (statement about the overall significance of your argument/topic).Sources:You should incorporate at least THREE sourcesSources may be published books cited using MLA citation (author’s last name and pg #).Must also include a works cited page.Magazines and Newspapers such as The New York Times are acceptable to use, especially if you are citing interviews with a director, etc.Sources from the web, like blogs, wikipedia and movie reviews are NOT acceptable for this assignment even if cited correctly.Some possible film pairings that may be particularly compelling to analyze might be the following:Mustang (Deniz Gamze Ergüven, France/Germany/Turkey, 2015)Wadjda (Haifaa al-Mansour, Saudi Arabia, 2012)Persepolis (Marjane Satrapi, Vincent Paronnaud, France, Iran, 2007)Waltz with Bashir (Ari Folman, Israel, 2008)A Prophet (Jacques Audiard, France, 2009)Omar (Hany Abu-Assad, Palestine, 2013)Shoplifters (Hirokazu Kore-eda, Japan, 2018)Parasite (Bong Joon-ho, South Korea, 2019)Capernaum (Nadine Labaki, Lebanon, 2018)Wadjda (Haifaa al-Mansour, Saudi Arabia, 2012)When choosing your topic/argument, please keep the following points in mind:National Cinemas/Transnationalism/Co-productions/Film Movements: You may also want to contextualize both films within one or more of the key “national cinemas” or “traditions/movements” from world cinema and explain how it is relevant to your film such as Italian Neorealism, which would apply to several films that we have watched over the course of the semester.How do these films reflect certain contemporary themes or national/transnational issues?In doing so, I encourage you to consider how these traditions/movements, issues and production practices of world cinema evolved between different countries, regions, filmmakers and eras.However, since most films may not always fit neatly into one of these “national cinemas” or “traditions/movements” (i.e. neorealism), you may also want to explain how your film breaks from these movements and how the filmmaker’s signature style embodies or reflects some of the cultural nuances and changes in technology and production practices.Is the film reacting against dominant practices in Hollywood or incorporating them to reach a broader audience? In an era of globalization, international co-productions, transnationalism and diasporas, how does this challenge the idea of a national cinema?Genre/Aesthetics: You may want to contextualize both films through genre such as (including Documentary and/or Animation) and/or film aesthetics (mise-en-scene, composition, lighting, camera movement, color, sound, etc).Does the filmmaker engage with key characteristics from genres or even animation and/or documentary? If so, which specific genre(s) is the filmmaker engaging with?Which key aesthetics are used to address some of the issues that are specific to the films that you have chosen?Is the film reacting against dominant practices in Hollywood or incorporating them to reach a broader audience?