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A2 Film – The Source

October 17, 2013

*Some time in early September.*

In this lesson we started to have a look at the Source and concentrated a lot on empowering women.

We discussed the aspects of a stereotypical Muslim woman and concluded that:

-They wear Burkas
-They have strong Indian accents
-Had very isolated or closed personalities
-Had long black hear which was usually covered up
-Were restricted in many aspects by their husbands
-They’re married off to older men when they’re young
-Are mentally and physically weak.

This is called theĀ “Wahabi” sect of Islam and is sexist.

We then began to watch the film itself, and were told to observe the barriers she faces and how she overcomes them, as well as whether or not the men were behind her.

-We found she was unstereotypically strong, as she sees over the celebrations of the new born child and rebels by chanting about the stillborn who died on the mountain path. She’s also physically strong as she doesn’t tire when carrying the water.
-Despite her mental strength, she faces the barrier that it’s a patriarchal society, therefore any demands made by the women would be refuted by the superior men, or they would be punished as the men may get offended if a woman talks back to them.
-She also faces the barrier that the other women don’t have as much passion to rebel, mainly because they’re native to the village and she’s an outsider, so the men there have already exerted there dominance upon them, and don’t love there wives unlike what Leila’s husband Sami does.
-One more barrier she has is her ex lover coming back, which throws her off course and causes a conflict between him and Sami.


Thursday 10th October 2013- Where Do We Go Now?

October 10, 2013

The disruption in the film= religious schism

There is unity within their community because they all watch the TV together.

When the women are discussing religion, it is friendly banter “We’ve gained a Christian!”

Radio in the cafe is telling them about a civil war. The women are listening but the men aren’t. Amal (the waitress) turns over the radio station so it plays music so this doesn’t encourage the men to fight. Thankfully men aren’t listening anyway so the women are successful.

Men are childish- playing cards, fighting and playing table football

The TV is a narrative disruption because it causes an argument. The TV is a communal gathering however they all want to watch a different channel.

Women spend their time avoiding conflict. They are powerful but it is indirect because of the patriarchal society they live in. This shows how the patriarchy stops the women having a lot of power.

Comparing Where Do We Go Now? with The Source
– in where do we go now, the women are indirect
-in the source the women are direct because they tell the men what they are doing

The imam and the priest are the only men who are peacekeeping.

Only the women and children remain communal.

The Christians are Catholic because the Virgin Mary is a symbol of Catholisism

“You call yourself a man!” the woman uses gender as an insult rather than religion

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March 30, 2009



Film Interpretation and Social/Cultural Studies

March 28, 2009