The things you need to do are:
Reflection essay on your progress during the quarter (500 words). Consider the aspects: writing skill, new critical knowledge, new knowledge about film, things that were more eye-opening.
One essay rewrite(choose from essay 1-3). Include brief paragraph explaining why you decided to rewrite that essay.
Three Writing exercises of the quarter.
Writing exercise 1
Description and Rationale:
Although we usually need multiple views in order to have a nuanced grasp of a film, oftentimes the impressions of the first screening will deeply shape our ideas and subsequent experiences with that film. Here we are going to practice thinking, writing, and fixating these first impressions. The goal of this exercise is to practice writing and consolidating your impressions right after a screening, and thus create a firm ground for future writing.
Usually, writing that invests in sensory details tends to be more convincing because it creates a deeper impression on the reader. We tend to remember and relate first to our immediate senses. Paying attention to the sensorial aspects of a film beyond its narrative not only engages the reader, but it also produces a richer text that is more “respectful” to the aesthetic complexity of a film.
In this exercise we will focus on this: the sensorial aspects of the film–color, light, atmosphere, sound, gestures, textures. Whatever stands out to you.
After watching K’Bela (Yasmin Thayná, 2015) please, answer the questions below.
Writing exercise 2
Description and Rationale
This exercise is a practice on connecting conceptual ideas with a film. You will write a paragraph in which you will explain the decolonial aspects of K’bela. In other words, how and why K’bela can be considered a good example of a decolonial film.
The exercise: you will continue the paragraph from the opening sentences written below. Make sure to write a concise paragraph that states the relation between the film K’bela and the concept of “decolonial,” introducing examples that would be further developed and analyzed in the subsequent paragraphs. Consider how the film shows the body and which bodies are shown. Please, feel free to use your answers to exercise 1. You can also use this exercise as a base to your discussion board post of this week.
The Brazilian film K’bela (Yasmin Thayná, 2015) provides us with a good example of the “decolonial” in film. As María Lugones argues,……..
Writing Exercise 3: explaining Galt
Description and Rationale
This exercise is a practice of reading and writing. Here are three quotes from Rosalind Galt’s “Pretty as Troublesome Image” that contain core elements of her argument. This chapter is the introduction of an academic book, and was written in a dense conceptual style. The exercise here consists in two main tasks:
Focus on the idea and change the wording. Think of strategies that might make the sentences more straightforward, such as cutting out jargon and too many references. You will be explaining the ideas to a “general audience” (imagine someone that is not an FMS major, or someone that is not in the School of Humanities).