Individual Film Analysis Paper

Choose a film from the list from this class. Then, write an analytical, sociological paper based on that film. You will be required to cite. sociological sources, class lectures*1, and textbook (or required sociological reading)!

1) Who Killed Vincent Chin? (1987, directed by Renee Tajima)

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2) White Man’s Burden (1995, directed by Desmond Nakano)

3) Days of Waiting (1991, directed by Stephen Okazaki)

4) Spellbound (2002, directed by Jeffrey Blitz)

5) Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck (2015, directed by Brett Morgan)

6) Amy (2015, directed by Asif Kapadia)

7) Fruitvale Station (2013, directed by Ryan Coogler)

8) Paris is Burning (1991 , directed by Jennie Livingston)

9) Somewhere Between (2012, directed by Linda Goldstein Knowlton

10) Stonewall Uprising (2011, PBS documentary)

11) The Namesake (2004, directed by Mira Nair)

12) Welcome to the Dollhouse (1995, directed by Todd Solondz)

13) El Norte (1983, directed by Gregory Nava)

14) The Motorcycle Diaries(2004 ,directed by Walter Salles)

15) Tortilla Soup (2001, directred by Maria Ripoll)

16) What’s Cooking? (2000, directed by Gurinder Chadha)

17) Jefferson’s Blood (1999, FRONTLINE PBS Documentary)

18) Bread and Roses (2000, directed by Ken Loach)

19) AI (Artificial Intelligence) (2001, directed by Steven Spielberg)

20) Capitalism: A Love Story (2009, directed by Michael Moore)

21) He Named Me Malala (2015, directed by Davis Guggenheim)

22) What happened, Miss Simone? (2015, directed by Liz Garbus)

23) The Look of Silence (2015, directed by Joshua Oppenheimer)

24) Dance Me Outside (1994, directed by Bruce McDonald)

25) Come See the Paradise (1990, directed by Alan Parker)

26) The Debut (2000, directed by Gene Cajayon)

27) I like it Like That (1994, directed by Darnell Martin)

28) Angela’s Ashes (1999, directed by Alan Parker)

29) Blade Runner (1982, directed by Ridley Scott)

30) My Family (1995, directed by Gregory Nava)

31) Who Killed Vincent Chin? (1987, directed by Renee Tajima)

32) White Man’s Burden (1995, directed by Desmond Nakano)

33) Flight (2012, directed by Robert Zemeckis)

34) 28 Days (2000, directed by Betty Thomas)

35) Not Without My Daughter (1991, directed by Brian Gilbert)

36) Mississippi Masala (1991, directed by Mira Nair)

37) Gattaca (1997, directed by Andrew Niccol)

38) Rashomon (1950, directed by Akira Kurosawa)

39) Boogie Nights (1997, directed by Paul Thomas Andersen)

40) Catfish (2010, directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman)

41) Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959, directed by Alain Resnais)

42) Sa-i-Gu: From Korean American Women’s Perspectives (1992, directed by Dai Sil Kim-Gibson, Christine Choy)

43) Brokeback Mountain (2005, directed by Ang Lee)

44) Maria Full of Grace (2004, directed by Joshua Marston)

45) Samsara (2011, directed by Ron Fricke)

46) American Past Time (2007, directed by Desmond Nakano)

47) Eat a Bowl of Tea (1989, directed by Wayne Wang)

48) Jungle Fever (1989, directed by Spike Lee)

49) Cesar Chavez (2014, directed by Diego Luna)

50) Go For Broke: a 442nd Origin Story (2017, directed by Alexander Bocchieri))

51) Mississippi Burning (1988, directed by Alan Parker)

52) Selma (2014, directed by Ava Dulvernay)

53) Better Luck Tomorrow (2002, by Justin Lin)

54) The Massie Affair (2005) by Mark Zwonitzer

55) Scottsboro: An American Tragedy (2000) by Daniel Anker and Barak

56) Stand Up for Justice (Ralph Lazo Story) ( 2008 ) by John Esaki

57) American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs (2013) by Grace Lee

58) Yuri Kochiyama: Passion for Justice (1993) by Rea Tajiri & Pat Saunders

59) In Whose Honor? (1997) By Jay Rosenstein

60) In America ( 2002 ) by Jim Sheridan

61) The Immigrant (2003) by James Gray

62) Jefferson’s Blood (1999) Frontline PBS Documentary

63) Doubles: Japan and America’s Intercultural Children (1995) by Regge Life.

64) Motorcycle Diaries (2004) by Walter Salles

65) Man Push Cart (2005) by Ramin Bahrani

66) Quinceañera (2006) by Richard Glatzer and wash Westermoreland

67) Not Without My Daughter (1991) by Brian Gilbert

68) The Daughter from Danang (2002) by Gail Dolgin and Vicente Franco

69) Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Villifies A People (2006)

70) Act of War : The Overthrow of the Hawaiian Nation (1993) by Na Maka o ka Aina

71) The Daughter from Danang (2002) by Gail Dolgin and Vicente Franco

71) The Secret She Kept (2016) by Alton Glass

72) Reel Injun (2009) by Neil Diamond

73) A Class Apart ( 2009 ) by Peter Miller and Carlos Sandoval PBS American Experience Series

74) Of Rights and Wrongs: The Korematsu Story (2001) by Paul Fournier

75) The Slanted Screen ( 2006 ) by Jeff Adachi

76) The Bronze Screen (2002) by Alberto Dominguez, Nancy De Los Santos, Susan Racho

77) Walkout (2006) by Edward James Olmos

78) The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2005) by Ken Kwapis

79) Mississippi Masala (1991) by Mira Nair

80) Malcolm X (1992) by Spike Lee

81) All Eyez on Me (2017) by Benny Boom

82) The Big Sick (2017) by Michael Showalter

83) Beatriz at Dinner (2017) by Miguel Arteta

84) When They See Us (2019) by Ava DuVernay (Links to an external site.) (Must watch all 4 episodes)

85) LILA & Eve (2015) by Charles Stone III

86) Dora & the Lost City of Gold (2019) by James Bobbin

87) Barry (2016) by Vikram Ghandi

88) Get Me Roger Stone ( 2017) byDaniel DiMauro (Links to an external site.), Dylan Bank (Links to an external site.), Morgan Pehme (Links to an external site.)

89) Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) by Michael Moore

90) What the Health (2017) by Kip Andersen

91) Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power (2018) by Jon Shenk (Links to an external site.), Bonni Cohen (Links to an external site.)

92) The Farewell (2019) by Lulu Wang

93) Morris from America (2016) by Chad Hartigan

94) Call Me By Your Name (2017) by Luca Guadagnino (Links to an external site.)

95) Pride (2014) by Matthew Warcus

96) 1915 (2015) by Garin Hovannisian (Links to an external site.), Alec Mouhibian (Links to an external site.)

97) The Promise (2016) by Terry George

98) The Book Thief (2013) by Brian Percival

99) Walk Proud (1979) by Robert L. Collins (Links to an external site.)

100) A Soldier’s Story (1984) by Norma Jewison

101) What Becomes of a Broken Heart? (1999) by Ian Mune

102) Once We Were Warriors (1994) by Lee Tamahori

103) Skinheads USA: Soldiers of a Race War (1993). by Shari Cookson

104) Mi Vida Loca (1993). by Allison Anders

105) Stand and Deliver (1988) by Ramon Menendez

106) American History X (1998) by Tony Kaye

107) Boyz in The Hood (1991) by John Singleton

108) Lowriders (2016). by Ricardo de Montreuil

109) Princess Ka’iulani (2009) by Marc Forby

110). Farewell (2019) by Lulu Wang

Individual Analysis Papers (7 ~ 8 pages with source citations, APA style). You may go over 8 pages.

Write an individual essay about one of the films you chose for your group project. Apply the sociological imagination and. at least one of three main paradigms in sociology, as well as “essentialism” and “social construction,” “assimilation,” and “internal colonialism” to your analysis of the film. Discuss how the difference between “stereotypes” and “social patterns” are being employed in the story. What does this film tell us about society? Please do not spend your paper summarizes the film. Your paper should consider what groups the characters belong to and how that informs their perspectives, what time period (sociohistorical context), and who the intended audience of the film by the film director, etc.

Apply your textbook, class lectures, and class films. Outside sources are welcomed but ONLY in addition to your required class textbook, lectures, CANVAS posts, and class films. You will be required to have a bibliography (or works cited page). Your sources must be cited in the APA format.”

You will be graded on the following:

1) COMPOSITION: grammar, syntax, spelling, organization
2) CONTENT: information & data
3) CREATIVITY: originality of approach and ideas
4) CRITICAL ANALYSIS: sociological imagination
5) CITATION: sources; references of each textbook, each film clip, online Canvas posts, class lectures/discussion, bibliography/works cited -page.

1) You are required to use the APA citation format.

2) You are required to cite textbook or reading links, the face-to-face lectures we’ve had, CANVAS Lectures, –this is a minimum. When citing lectures, you must also include readings from the links, film clips, and still images.
3) You are required to cite at least two DISCUSSION POSTS posted by your classmates and/or yourself—this is a minimum.
4). Include a “works cited page” or “bibliography.”

5). Please upload in a document (docx, doc, or pdf). Please do not submit “pages” documents.

6). Your essay must be typed & double-spaced, 12-font TIMES.

APA Film Citation

*1Class lecture list
1. Foundations of Sociology: Three Main Paradigms
2. Sociological Methods (“Doing Research”) (So, what makes sociology a science?

Sociological research: uses a rigorous, methodological system of empirical data gathering.

The scientific method involves developing and testing theories about the world based on empirical evidence. It is defined by its commitment to systematic observation of the empirical world and strives to be objective, critical, skeptical, and logical. It involves a series of prescribed steps that have been established over centuries of scholarship.(Lumen Learning, 2011).

3.How Sociologists Examine Culture
Sociologists engage in the systematic study of social life and culture in order to understand the causes and consequences of human action. The field of sociology examines the structure and processes of traditional cultures as well as modern, industrial societies. Sociologists look at culture, social structures (groups, organizations and communities) and social institutions (family, education, religion, etc.) affect human attitudes, actions and life-chances.

Sociology examines both qualitatively and quantitatively (as we saw last week in looking at “Research Methods.”) in trying to understand “society.” Within a field, there are particular theoretical perspectives (e.g. structural functionalism, social conflict theory and symbolic interaction, for example). *Culture* is an area of study in the field of sociology (such as socialization, deviance, inequality, health and illness, family patterns, social change and race and ethnic relations all are). Combining theoretical perspectives with empirical research allows students an opportunity to develop new insights and a different perspective on their own lives. By doing so, we can understand everyday social life as social patterns of interaction and constant presence of social change.

~Revised Notes from Randolph Macon College

There is a field in sociology called, “Cultural Sociology.” For sociologists, Culture is analyzed and understood as the ways of thinking and describing, acting, and the material objects that together shape a group of people’s way of life.

Sociologists define culture is a complex system of values, beliefs, language, customs, and practices collectively defined, agreed upon and practiced by a group of people. Culture consists of non-material and material objects.

4. Mickey Mouse Monopoly: Disney, Childhood, & Corporate Power (2001)
by Media Education Foundation (Links to an external site.) <> (Links to an external site.)

Corporate Power versus Corporate Culture

Disney: is it a dangerous, sublime education?

5. Social Class in the United States

Required Readings:

Those with the textbook: Textbook Chapter 8, pp. 180-197

Those without the Textbook:

Social Class

Social Class – An Introduction to the Concept

8.3 Social Class in the United States (

6. Race and Ethnicity

Chapter 11. Race and Ethnicity

7. The. Internal Colonialism Paradigm and Assimilation and Set of Attitudes & System of Power Paradigms (Racism, Sexism, Heterosexism, etc.

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