Topics: Sundance Film Festival Pages: 11 (3270 words) Published: May 9, 2013
Cultural Anthropology
Extra Credit Film Opportunities
Due: Week 16

You can choose up to 6 films (3 points each) to view and prepare a short (1-2 pages, typed, black ink, 12 pt. font, double spaced) paper discussing the film. You may want to choose one film from each group but that is not required. Please include the time of the class you are enrolled in and staple your papers. I will not accept emailed extra credit.

For your write up:
* Identify the anthropological topic or subject of the film. What do you think is the topic film group? For example, does this film expose issues of gender inequality? Religious intolerance? Ethnocentric attitudes? In other words, why do you think I chose these particular films? How do they relate to class topics? Do not summarize the films but review them with an anthropological perspective.

* Include your own opinions when writing about your selections and comment on whether you experience any ethnocentrism and/or culture shock in the subjects you encounter. What is your reaction to some of the topics and some of the extreme ethnocentrisms that are portrayed?

You can find these titles in most Blockbuster Video stores, Netflix or in reserve in the LRC (ask at the check-in counter in the BEACH.) Several of these titles will be in the foreign film section and have subtitles. If you prefer not to read when you watch movies, do not choose the foreign titles. (Please note descriptions for films were obtained on

Group I:

Bend it Like Beckham (2002) PG-13
An ardent fan of British soccer sensation David Beckham, Jess (Parminder K. Nagra) wants nothing more than to be on the field. But a proper Indian girl shouldn't be spending her time playing soccer -- or at least that's what her family thinks. Jess has the talent to play on a local all-girl team, but her parents want her to be like her older sister, who cooks chapati like a pro and wants a traditional Indian wedding. Keira Knightley co-stars. Bride and Prejudice (2004) PG-13

Aishwarya Rai, Martin Henderson and Anupam Kher star in this joyous musical about the Bakhsi family, who's celebrating the arrival of a British-born man, Mr. Balraj, who may be perfect husband material for one the Bakhsis' four unmarried daughters. Maya, Lucky, Jaya and, most especially, their eldest, Lalita (Rai) are his for the taking. But Lalita refuses to marry someone handpicked for her, choosing to believe in true love instead End of the Spear (2006) PG-13

Many years after his missionary father was speared to death at the hands of Waodani tribesmen, a young man (Chad Allen) returns to the Ecuadorian jungle to meet the native (Louie Leonardo) who murdered his father and learn the truth about his family's legacy. The result, in this film based on a true story, is a life-altering experience that brings him closer to the kin of his father's killer and impacts both of their lives forever. My Big, Fat, Greek Wedding (2002) PG

Screenwriter Nia Vardalos also stars as Toula Portokalos, a single Greek woman who falls in love with a non-Greek (John Corbett), which is a no-no for members of her strict family -- particularly her traditional father (Michael Constantine), whose Greek pride knows no bounds. Andrea Martin shines in a hilarious supporting turn as Toula's aunt, who tries her best to charm Toula's fiancé (who's a vegetarian to boot!) with her delicious lamb Rabbit Proof Fence (2002) PG

Australia's aboriginal integration program of the 1930s broke countless hearts -- among them, those of young Molly (Evelyn Sampi), Gracie (Laura Monaghan) and Daisy (Tianna Sansbury), who were torn from their families and placed in an abusive orphanage. Without food or water, the girls resolve to make the 1,500-mile trek home. Meanwhile, a well-intentioned tracker is trying to return the girls to the authorities. Hotel Rwanda * (2005) PG-13

Amid the holocaust of internecine tribal fighting in Rwanda that sees the savage butchering of...
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