The following three pedagogical “streams” and their corresponding questions are meant to encourage viewers to engage with film more critically. These streams are optimized through community discussion.
Critical thinking about film is a process of thinking through the artistic decisions made by the filmmaker(s).
Core question: In what ways are aesthetics and narrative strategies used by the filmmaker(s) to service a film?
Deeper understanding and empathy are created through active self-reflection of our own responses as viewers and our relationship to the text.
Core question: How are your reactions to a film shaped by your unique identity, personal experiences, and emotions?
Film is never independent from cultural or historical influences. Exploring historical and cultural contexts and engaging in community discourse enriches film appreciation and understanding.
Core question: What historical and cultural contexts are influencing the creation of a film and your understanding of a film?