The Influence of Biopolitical Resistance

Paper by Ximena Fernandez.

Now more than ever, in today’s ever-evolving political climate, the public relies on films to learn about the world, whether it be the past or present, the industry will never run out of stories to tell, particularly those of resistance. As we survey these filmographic works, it is apparent that they have become pillars of resistance themselves, and although they could be considered products of their time, they remain relevant even today. Whether it be music, biopolitics, mise-en-scene, or individual strife, the portrayal of these historical plights in film not only speak to the gravity of the events, but to the protest of them in a larger context, in a way that is greater than being just a historical film. In this essay, the films Hunger (Steve McQueen, 2008), The Battle of Algiers (Gillo Pontecorvo, 1966), and The Book Thief (Brian Percival, 2013) will be used to exemplify the biopolitical connections between paramilitary, colonial, and antisemetic resistance as they are portrayed in film, through the examination of the way in which violence is inflicted internally as well as externally under the specific conditions of each film.


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Streaming & The Big Screen

Paper by Joseph Garcia.

Families going to the movie theater, has always been a staple and a part of the fabric of American society since the early 1900s. It was a great leisurely activity that can be enjoyed by many. There are certain aspects and categories that are suitable for some and not others, some movies are appropriate for some ages others are not. Some movies appeal to a certain audience and some appeal to a general audience. But it is hard to doubt that nearly every American has seen a movie and or enjoys them! During the 1930s during The Great Depression going to the movies was common for families as it provided an escape from the real-world issues that were going on.

However, if you fast forward to today, our world is much different. We are no longer in the midst of a Great Depression but more importantly for this topic we are no longer experiencing movie watching the same. In this current world we are still dealing with a global pandemic. A global pandemic which shut down many theatres, businesses, jobs, etc. Which left many of us

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