It teaches us to watch critically by looking through different lenses and identifying what is actually being portrayed. The film reminded me to not just pay attention to the movie's storyline but to be aware of each character and their role, the agenda's the filmmaker may have and the stereotypes they reinforce. The strategies she utilizes are taking common negative, discriminatory tendencies of society and identifying them through film and the media. For example when she talks about the movie Kids and how even though one of the main characters was a woman, she didn't have as strong of a voice as the two other male characters. Or in the media how Madonna consciously played into sexism in order to make more money and regain popularity. Hollywood keeps reinforcing stereotypes through film and media that it becomes so easy for us as an audience to buy into the fact that the thief is black, the rape victim a weak woman or the two lovers in the film being a white, heterosexual couple. What Hook wants us to do is abolish these stereotypes and to not let the media consistently form and reinforce these opinions. When Hook says that we need to be "enlightened witnesses," she means that we need to have our own understanding of how actual society is compared to hollywood's agendas while they are repeatedly feeding us the same stereotypes. Skills that an enlightened witness brings to a queer cinema class is the ability to identify and look past common social, racial, gender and sexual constructs. To think more critically under the influence of the representations of certain films and to understand what is being shown.
Cultural Criticism and Transformation
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