The film Even the Rain, or También la lluvia, is a Spanish film from 2010.
The film is about a film crew travelling to Cochabamba, Bolivia to shoot a movie about Columbus and his conquest.
While there, the government decides to privatize the water in the Cochabamba area, and water prizes rise with about 300% only a few months. People are even forbidden to collect and use rain water. This leads to the Bolivian water war, with huge protests and demonstrations, and clashes between the people and its army. The film depicts both these stories brilliantly.
As we watch this, we are going to make use of FN-sambandets teaching material for this film. (http://www.fn.no/Undervisning/VGS/FN-film-fra-Soer-Even-the-rain?for=elever)
Start by watching this short film in pairs, and discuss why some countries are rich and some are poor.
After the film:
1. Find out more about the Bolivian water war – why was the water privatized? Why are the inhabitants protesting? What was the result after the protests?
2. See this film about sustainable development. The water war in Cochabamba is a multilayered challenged for society. How does the water war affect the people, the environment and the economy in the communtiy? What does that mean for a sustainable development in Bolivia? Which of the UN Sustainable Development Goals are relevant for the challenges Bolivia faces in this film?
3. Why are some countries poor? How is the world community, or economy, keeping these countries in poverty? What can we do to diminish the differences in the world?
Sources: Translated and adapted from FN-Sambandet. “Film fra Sør.” 27.10.2017. http://www.fn.no/Undervisning/VGS/FN-film-fra-Soer-Even-the-rain?for=elever. Accessed 10.11.2017.
Goal no. 6 of the UN Sustainable Development Goal is “Clean Water and Sanitation.”
This is the last goal we will look at.
Why is access to clean water and sanitation so important? Why can this issue cause conflicts, both between companies, ethnic groups and even nations?
In pairs you will choose a water-related conflict and co-write a text about this conflict. You can do this by using Google Docs or Padlet – just remember that both of you need to have access to the document.
You will need to include:
- what is the conflict about? Explain the issues, and what led to this conflict
- where and for how long has this conflict taken place?
- how is the conflict being handled? Protests, demonstrations, law suits, armed conflict, etc.
- what kind of solution would you offer to this conflict?
On Wednesday, you will join another pair to talk about the conflict you have chosen, and to listen to the research they have done on another water-related conflict.
You will find a good overview of the water crisis here.
(Pictures taken from: http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/water-and-sanitation/, http://downtoearth.danone.com/2013/08/13/infographic-facts-about-the-global-water-crisis/, https://waterfilteranswers.com/water-shortages/ and https://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/cape-towns-water-crisis-5-things-you-should-know-20171019)
After having completed International Day, you will write a project report about your work in preparation for and conclusion of, this day.
How to do that?
Some of the report you can already start to write, while other parts you will have to postpone until after the International Day has been completed.
The report will be published as a blog post, and will be graded.
What to write:
- What is the goal of this project? Short introduction about your tasks and the goal of Operation Day’s Work.
- What did you do in the preparation process: choice of topic, the rooms you chose to be a part of/plan, the information your group made for teachers and students, the posters for rooms and awareness.
- How you solved 2.
- Why you chose to solve 2 in this manner
- How the process worked
- What was good and what could have been done better and why.
- Reflection: How did International Day turn out – what was good, what do we need to do differently next time. What did you learn, both from the planning process and from the activities you participated in on International Day. How will you evaluate your own effort and work in planning and executing this day?
(Picture from: http://www.gccoe.com/eductraining/index.php/project)
Work with this task:
Do option 2 as a post on your blog.
Below you find a link to a google docs document. Choose two rooms you want to participate in on International Day (one black and one red) and write your name in the corresponding box. No more than two students per class in each box!
Now find more information about the rooms (human library and other rooms/activities) in the link below. Make an information poster to be put on the door and which can also be shared with teachers and students before International Day. E-mail this to your teacher no later than Friday, October 27 1 pm.
Did you know that there are more slaves in the world today than it was back before slavery was “abolished?”
Did you know that slaves are much cheaper today than ever before?
Did you know that people are born into slavery, live their whole lives in slavery, without ever knowing that they are slaves?
Poverty, hunger, desperation are all things some people know to take advantage of. Every day, they manage to lure men, women and children into slavery. Slavery exists everywhere, even though it is forbidden everywhere.
We will look closer at modern slavery since it can be closely linked to poverty, and we will use photographer Lisa Kristine’s TED talk as an introduction.
- What is poverty?
- Try to make up your own definition of this term
- Who are the poor?
- Why does poverty exist?
- Will we ever be able to eradicate poverty?
Take 15 minutes to write down your thoughts on these questions, and then discuss with a classmate.
We are going to read to hand-out texts today, and work with them (one factual and one fictional.) The short story “A Real Lady” is written by an Indian freelance journalist and blogger, Nita J. Kulkarni. If you want to check out her blog, you can find it here. Kulkarni writes about life, politics, different issues, movies, literature etc, with a main focus on India, but not just that. Her blog is definitely worth the visit.
In 2014, actress Emma Watson was made a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador. Through this appointment, Watson will help put focus on topics such as gender equality and inequality, and the campaign HeforShe.
Watch the speech Watson held launching this campaign here – and discuss and analyze this speech:
- what kind of rhetorical devices does Watson use to persuade you?
- what kind of topics is she focusing on?
- Is this a good speech? Why/why not?
- Do you sympathize with this cause? Why/why not?
“One girl with courage is a revolution”
Girl Rising is a film about the benefits of educating girls. It introduces nine girls from around the world in their struggle to get an education and achieve their dreams.
The film was released in 2013 and is part of the Girl Rising campaign.
As we watch the film, take notes, as you are to write a review afterwards. This will be graded.
Reflect on and include your own thoughts on the following questions in your review:
- Which girls’ stories made the greatest impression on you? Why?
- “One girl with courage is a revolution”. After watching the film, what does that phrase imply – do you agree or can you think of a better catchphrase?
- Girl Rising is neither pure journalism, nor fiction. The filmmakers have tried to go beyond the facts into the human experience. Did you find yourself getting lost in the stories in a way that was interesting or effective? Why or why not?
- The girls of Girl Rising live in very difficult circumstances. Yet they do not consider themselves as victims. Are you able, through the storytelling, to relate to their lives in a way that lets you empathize rather than sympathize? Why or why not?
- What are the messages from the film that you think will resonate most strongly with people who are not already familiar with this issue?
If you need advice on how to write a review, you can read it here. Remember to include sources you have used.