Politics in Films

Running head: POLITICS IN FILMS 1

Politicsin Films

October23, 2014.

‘Politicsin film’

Filmmaking is an effective form of political activism in capturingcurrent social, economic and political issues. Political films areused to educate and inform people on matters of electoral, foreignpolicy and other political issues. In the contemporary world, therole of artists, journalists and activists has been blurred byseveral short online films brimming with social -political messages.All films are political but they do not present political issues inthe same way most films are artfully documented based on prevailingsocial-political discordant and aim to affect change. Films arepowerful platforms for inspiring social action and engaging public indebates for justice and policy change. In the modern age, theemergence of stronger social media has proliferated politicalactivists to greater heights through circulation of short films ladenwith social-political issues.

Thefilm industry has several political films whose theme corresponds tocurrent social, political and economic aspects of given countries.For instance, the film, ‘TheDay After Tomorrow’depicts current global debates concerning global warming. The film ispolitical and aims to elicit debate on worsening climatic conditions.It is a political activism film aimed to elicit political andenvironmental advocacy groups’ support against climate change. The‘Turtlescan fly’film, on the other hand, is political reflection of the Kurdsfeelings under the dictatorship of Saddam and their support for USmilitary invasion. The ‘Lilya 4-ever’ film captures the issue ofhuman trafficking and sexuality between two countries. The film ispolitical and is aimed to elicit debates and activisms for justiceafter a Soviet lady is killed in Sweden. Indeed, most films arepolitical and are produced with the intention of furthering politicalactivism on various social-political issues.

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