Thursday, we discussed the film â€śOur Songâ€? in class. It was a pretty intense discussion because everyone is very opinionated. I was starting to get irritated by some of the strong opinions being voiced but I decided to keep my mouth shut, until a certain point. I donâ€™t necessarily believe that â€śOur Songâ€? is based completely on stereotypes because to be honest, the things that were displayed in the film do happen. Maybe these things, pregnancy, suicide, destitution, may not happen all at once but they can happen. Stereotypes are based on fact and on things that have happened, however, they are conveyed to the entire group based on one person. The movie was a way to show that these things happen. I know about these problems first hand because I use to live upstairs in a duplex with African-Americans living downstairs. They had problems like everyone else.
â€śOur Songâ€? brought things into light and I really appreciated seeing this movie. My favorite character would probably have to be Lanesha. Despite the separation of her parents, she still made it work. She seemed very mature for her age, having already had an abortion herself, but staying strong for Maria who is going through a pregnancy herself. Also, I like Jocelyn purely because of her willingness to succeed. This is evident due to her dreams and goals that she has for herself. All in all, this was a great movie. However, I am having problems writing my paper on it only because I find it very hard to analyze a movie and then compare it to another.