Allfilms are political, but films are not all political in the same way(Wayne,2001).A political film portrays the historical and current events or anyother social conditions in a partisan way to agitate the spectator.Generally, the word political refers to the government and the publicaffairs of a given country. Therefore, political films have acommentary effect on the society it portrays. This project discusseshow films are political, and shows how they are politicallydifferent. According to Wayne(2001), all films are political since they address differentdistribution of material and cultural resources, and the environmentthat surrounds human beings.
Thefilm, “The Day After Tomorrow” by Roland Emmerich is an Americanclimate fiction-disaster film (Emmerich, 2004). The film illustratesa fictional catastrophic climatic effect that leads to global coolingand finally leads to ice age. In addition, the film features Torontoand Montreal countries that have political government. Another filmthat is political is “Lilya 4-ever” by Lukas Moodysen. The filmis a Swedish-Danish drama film that is based on a true story ofDanguole Rasalaite (Moodysson, 2003). The film portrays social crimesuch as sexual slavery and human trafficking. The film also featuresSweden country and other countries in United States. Further,“Turtles can Fly” film by Bahman Ghobadi is a Kurdish war dramafilm that feature Iraq country and its firth president, SaddamHussein (Ghobadi,2006).All these films have a strong but different political statement.
Inessence, filmmaking can be effective form of political activism.Political films offers potential to a more dynamics, more democratic,and more engaging political disclosure. According to Crowdus, 2004these films offer a “global village” since it is easier todistribute a film than hold a political meeting. Nonetheless, atother times, political films have negative impacts. Some filmmakersuse films to feature commercial forms to entertain passive media funsrather than empower active citizens.
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