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Sahara- Brenna Munoz

While watching the film Sahara, I found it to be a fairly entertaining film. By creating the film as war effort propaganda and incorporating comic relief to the reality of WWII, the final product results in a very successful American war film. In addition to this, I found the racial/ethnic makeup of the film to be most intriguing. The goal of incorporating characters of various ethnicities, for example British, French, African, Italian, German, and American, seems to reflect on the attempt to portray the war effort and heroes as a culturally diverse group. In the case of the German on the other hand, the goal is to portray the Nazi German effort in a negative way. However, the portrayal of American war heroes being a culturally diverse group is not particularly accurate with reality at the time. For example, the film shows the Sudanese man fighting side by side with the rest of the group, where as in reality blacks were quite segregated during World War II, only being allowed to work as mess hall cooks. The goal of portraying the character from various cultures as positive aspects in the war effort is intended to boost the overall morale at the time, regardless of how accurate these portrayals might have been. The fact that there are no woman characters in the film does not necessarily detract from persuasive purposes because women were not at all involved with the battle aspect of war, which the movie is dominated around. Women’s war efforts came from their contributions back at home, such as the working in factories. While not every aspect of the film might have been extremely accurate, the symbolism and portrayals connected with the diverse ethnic characters contributed to the overall boost of American morale and resulted in a successful war film.