Sahara/ Kyle Cross
As a war propaganda tool, I thought Sahara was an ideal film to promote democracy and patriotism. As the movie moves a long, we learn a lot about intimate details of wives and children connected to the crew of soldiers that was made up of members from such allied powers as France, Great Britain and the United States. These stories really represent what these soldiers are fighting for, freedom for themselves and their family. Sahara really portrays the enemy in a negative way, except for the Italian prisoner, who in a conversation with the German prisoner reveals his true feelings about Benito Mussolini. He talks about how the Italians are like slaves under Mussolini's regime. It was a very anti-authoritarianism moment in the film. The scene in the film where the French soldier is shot in the back as he leaves his negotiation with the German general reaffirms the dirty stereotypes of how Germans fought in battle. Another thing we see from the enemy, is racism and ignorance when the German soldier requests another man to search him besides the Sudanese soldier. Overall, the film successfully sets up a negative stereotype for war methods and attitudes of the axis powers. Sahara also displayed the resilience and dedication of the allied troops throughout their struggle in the desert in a personal way, while the enemy was portrayed in a very impersonal way. The mercy shown by the crew of soldiers towards their fellow soldiers and even the enemy may be unrealistic, but is represented by the scenes where enemy soldiers aren't left for dead in the desert and treated with equal respect.
The Sudanese soldier, who is not amongst the ranks of the U.S. military represents an important role for a minority. He bravely chases down the German pilot before he gets back to his ranks and reveal the secret plan while eventually making the ultimate sacrifice. The only racism towards him comes from the enemy, which probably isn't fair since minorities were segregated by the U.S. These minorities played huge rules in WW2 just like the character in Sahara. I think the absence of women in this film represents their roles on the home front. The roles may not be as visible as those of the soldiers in the film, but without their "behind the scene" contributions the WW2 would have been lost.