Unit IV and V cover the periods from 1750- the present. There are tons of great movies that cover this period in history. Many of them are very historically accurate and tell the stories in an interesting and compelling way. Your assignment is to watch one movie from each part of the world. Most of these movies are free on youtube, or available on Netflix and at the public library. After watching each movie you will write a one page review of the movie. You should watch at least one that is in another language.
In your review you need to include what themes of AP world history the movie deals with and give examples from the movie for each one.
Discuss the plot and characters in the film in terms of not only how effective they are but also how well they reflect the time period.
You will also research other reviews of the movie to see if the movie is historically accurate or if the filmmakers took any liberties for the sake of storytelling.
Because the setting and costuming are crucial to the atmosphere and realism of a historical movie, spend some time in your review discussing each of these.
Rate the reviews from 1 to 10 on the basis of how well the review covered the historical elements of the movie, rather than simply critiquing the movie with no reference to the time period.
Choose one movie from each column
La Noire de… or Black Girl Directed by Ousmane Sembène
Memoirs of a Geisha Directed by Rob Marshall 2005 Japan
April Captains Directed by Maria de Medieros 2000 Portugal
The Crucible Directed by Nicholas Hytner 1996 US
Missing Directed by Costa-Gavras 1982 Chile
Faraw! Mother of the Dunes Directed by Abdoulaye Ascofaré
Gandhi Directed by Richard Attenborough 1982 India
The Wind That Shakes the Barley Directed by Ken Loach 2006 Ireland
Amistad Directed by Steven Spielberg 1997 US
Men With Guns Directed by John Sayles 1997 (unnamed country)
Directed by Roger Gnoan M’Bala
2000 Burkina Faso
Once Upon a Time in China Directed by Mark Tsui 1991 China
Danton Directed by Andrzej Wajda 1982 France
Glory Directed by Edward Zwick 1989 US
Motorcycle Diaries Directed by Walter Salles 2004 Argentina
The Gods Must Be Crazy
Directed by Jamie Uys 1980
Monsoon Wedding Directed by Mira Nair 2001 India
The Young Victoria Directed by Jean-Marc Vallee 2009 England
The Crossing (tv movie) Directed by Robert Harmon 2000 US
Evita Directed by Alan Parker 1996 Argentina
Goodbye Bafana Directed by Bille August 2007 South Africa
Jose Rizal Directed by Marilou Diaz-Abaya 1988 Philippines
The Leopard Directed by Luchino Visconti 1963 Italy
Parents please sign this paper signifying that you approve the films that your student is watching.
Other movies can be seen for credit for this assignment. Make a note here if you propose another film in lieu of one of these. It must fit in the geographic location and time frame.