The reading on the Third World Filmmakers was interesting to me, as I never really considered the power cinema (and other art forms) have on the colonization of a nation and its culture. Growing up in the US, I’ve always taken for granted the films that were shown to me as standard. While some films might be more political or have more propaganda undertones, I never recognized the influence such media can have on what society considers to be normal and just, good, or evil. It seems obvious now that a colonizing force would be naive to ignore the culture of the nation they are imperializing, and I now appreciate the gravity of the influence art can, and will have on the trajectory of societies all around the world, and further recognize the importance of cultures having their own art that can be disseminated both internally, to keep their culture alive, and externally, to communicate to others aspects of their culture to educate, inform, and maybe even influence.
I also enjoyed reading The Ontology of the Photographic Image, as it also clarified the importance of photography in shifting western fine art attitudes away from photorealism, to what has become increasingly abstract and esthetic, as opposed to representational. As a fan of modern and contemporary paintings, I am grateful for the camera’s role in not only shifting the trend in art, but also its ability to make viewers feel differently about the works they view. As highlighted in the article, photos feel inherently more real, as it (ostensibly) removes the man from the scene in front of him, and only what is objectively there is captured. However, as photo-manipulation becomes increasingly accessible, questions arise as to whether the role of photography is shifting, from a representation of truth, to just another medium of art that can be manipulated at will to reflect the desires of the artist.
- Did The Battle of Algiers appear to reflect the wishes of the filmmakers at the meeting? (Note that the movie was shot before the meeting)
- How did the film portray the colonizers? The colonized? We’re the portrayals fair, and how did they influence the way you saw each side?