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Film Festival - Fahrenheit 911

COLLEGE NOW STUDENTS CANNOT ATTEND THIS FILM UNLESS THEY ARE ACCOMPANIED BY A PARENT OR GUARDIAN

Wednesday - October 13, 2004
MAC Playhouse - 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Fahrenheit 911

Hosted by: Dr. Robert Singer, Profess of English
College Now English Course Coordinator
Dr. Voorhees Dunn, College Now Behavioral & Social Sciences Course Coordinator
Professor Sam Taitt - College Now Communications Coordinator

About the Movie: Fahrenheit 911
Director, Michael Moore 2004 - Rating R

This is the most talked about political film of the year, and now you can see why. Fahrenheit 911 is difficult to describe, but it has an attitude that is threatening, funny, and unforgettable, as it explores the world of President Bush and the war in Iraq. This film definitely takes sides and no prisoners, and that is why it has angered and delighted so many. Will this film, neither documentary nor work of fiction, affect the election? You decide, as you laugh, cry, and think. Starring: The United States of America.

About the Presenters: Dr. Voorhees Dunn & Professor Sam Taitt
Dr. Voorhees Dunn
is a professor in the department of History, Philosophy and Political Science. He earned B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees from Rutgers University. He teaches American Constitutional Law, The American Legal System, and Introduction to Criminal Justice for the college and has been the College Now Behavioral & Social Sciences Course Coordinator since 1997. Dr. Dunn believes that viewing and discussing this film will help students understand the critical difference between a historical documentary and political propaganda.

Professor Sam Taitt
is a communications specialist who is a faculty member in the Communications and Performing Arts Department at Kingsborough Community College. He has worked as a consultant in several political campaigns in the Caribbean and here in New York advising candidates on TV and radio advertising and their impact, as well as having run for elected office himself. He believes it is important for students to be informed about their country and how the media impacts the world around them.

Sample ACT Essay

Extra Credit Assignment
There is little debate that the various media outlets, whether film, television, newspaper, or radio, amoung others, have a great, if not controlling presence in the lives of American citizens and how they receive the news and form opinions. The media affects the manner in which we receive and process information, and very often, it can sway our opinions one way or the other, as you have seen in the film Fahrenheit 911. In fact, there are many people of various political persuasions who believe that the media, especially film and television, have become too influential in affecting and even determining public opinion. For example, a film like Fahrenheit 911 has an equal number of supporters who see it as a "truthful document," as it has detractors who label it as a "creative pack of lies." Several media critics have called upon congress to impose a limited form of censorship and control over the media to insure that controversial issues, no matter what the issue involves, must include both/all sides of an argument or debate; each controversial position would be actively represented in the film, television show, or whatever form of expression. They believe this guarantees a balanced perspective and that other points of view will be heard. Yet others maintain that the government has no business getting involved with creative work or news coverage and that this is a dangerous precedent; freedom of the press and creative expression means the government cannot impose its dominant values on the media.

You have been asked to write a letter to your local congressperson in which you will express your views concerning the issue of media censorship and the idea that both/all sides of an argument would have to be presented in media projects such as films and television shows. Fully discuss your view; you may refer to recent historical events, other opinions, television or newspaper coverage, or even the film Fahrenheit 911.

Mini-Research Skills Review

(NOTE: THIS IS NOT A RESEARCH PAPER - IT IS A RESEARCH-ORIENTATED EXPERIENCE IN WHICH STUDENTS GATHER AND CATEGORIZE INFORMATION. THEY CAN PREPARE OUTLINES, NOTE-CARDS, A BIBLIOGRAPHY, CITE REFERENCES (quote, paraphrase, summarize) OR PRACTICE ANY COMBINATION OF THESE SKILLS ASSOCIATED WITH PREPARING A RESEARCH PAPER).

Utilizing the library and its resources, and/or material from the Internet, prepare an investigative project that focuses on any one of these topics associated with the film, Fahrenheit 911.

a-Documentary films
b-OPEC
c-The 2000 Presidential Election
d-The Al-Jazeera network
e-Terrorism in the twentieth-century

Standard College Essay

Many issues arise from the analysis and discussion of the film, Fahrenheit 911. Some of the more personal issues involve dealing with loss and grief, witnessing a crime and seeking justice, questioning authority, and more. Some broader, social issues discussed in the film involve the role and power of the government in times of crisis, the corruption/honesty of leadership, dealing with international terrorism and analyzing its cause, and making a case for war. There are other related personal and social issues arising from the analysis of this film, and these are only some suggested and significant themes to consider.

In a full-length essay (approximately 400-500 words) later to be revised for content and correctness, discuss any of the issues raised in the film Fahrenheit 911 that you consider to be of special interest either for yourself or for society. Explain why and how these issues are significant not only in the film but also in relationship to your own life, American society, or both.

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