Select and watch any one film from the list below, or another cross-cultural film of your choice that you can easily access (please ask if youâ€d like other recommendations; do not select one of the assigned films â€“ The Help or In My Country).
Analyze and interpret that film from an intercultural communication research perspective, using at least two appropriate theories and/or concepts as covered in the course (paying special attention to chapters 5, 6, 7, and 8).
The selected concepts should be specific and not too general.
â€œNonverbal communicationâ€ is too vague to serve as a concept for this paper; instead, focus on a specific aspect of nonverbal communication, like proxemics or chronemics.
â€œVerbal communicationâ€ is too vague, but co-cultural communication theory or code switching would be appropriate course concepts.
â€œIdentityâ€ is too general, but minority identity development is suitable.
â€œMigrationâ€ is general, but migrant-host relationships would be appropriate.
Use two scholarly sources (scholarly journal article or book chapter). The scholarly sources should be related to the selected course concepts â€“ one source per concept. The point of using the sources is to help you develop a deeper understanding of the course concepts and use the concepts to analyze the film. If the sources also happen to discuss the film youâ€re analyzing, thatâ€s great, but do not search for scholarly sources on the film â€“ use keywords to search for scholarly sources on your concepts.
Identify and describe macro-contexts (e.g., political, historical, economic, etc.) and power relations that are a part of the charactersâ€ intercultural experiences.
Explain and assess ways that the filmâ€s narrative reinforces and/or resists forces of power and oppression, and how these representations could be improved.
Key Component to Include
Your paper should include the following components:
Taking a critical approach, analyze the film in relation to the two selected course concepts that you believe best explain the intercultural ideas, relationships, and complexities highlighted in the film.
Example 1: You might write about multicultural identity development and theories of adaptation as depicted in the selected film.
Example 2: You might write about co-cultural communication theory and post-colonialism as depicted in the selected film.
Example 3: You might analyze a migrantâ€s movement along the U-curve or W-curve models of intercultural adaptation.
Example 4: You may decide to focus on cultural spaces depicted in the film and their meanings for the characters, and/or cultural variations in communication style among the characters.
Identify and describe macro-contexts and power relations depicted in the film.
Evaluate how the film reinforces or challenges forces of power and oppression. Make an argument for how these representations could be improved or how they are represented appropriately in the film.
Include in this analysis a brief summary of the selected scholarly sources and use the sources to support your critical analysis. Focus on the key findings from the sources rather than on explaining how they did their study. We need to know what the findings were from that research and how that helps us better understand the concept in relation to the film. Prioritize paraphrasing and avoid direct quotes from the scholarly source, except for a phrase or two where relevant. Always use APA style for both in text citations as well as reference section at the end.
Identify the film you have chosen and why you think it is important to study it from an intercultural communication perspective. Identify the two course concepts used to analyze the film and why theyâ€re relevant to the film. Briefly introduce your evaluation of the film of how it challenges or reinforces forces of power and oppression.
Brief summary of the filmâ€s plot.
Summary of the key points made in your film analysis.
Reference section with APA style citations for the film and scholarly source cited in the paper.
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