Diseases and cures…

Write a blog post including the following:

  • After reading the two texts about Goal. 3 we read last week, you will find the links in the post “Good health and well-being”  – what do you think are the  biggest challenges yet to solve in order for this goal to be reached? Explain your answer.
  • Use WHO’s website or other relevant pages you find and look at emergencies. Choose either an area or a disease and do some research – what is going on here? What emergency is being caused by this disease, or what medical emergencies are going on in the area you chose? Read up, and then explain in your own words. Include what is being done, and look up other sources as well to see if you can find more supporting evidence.
  • Reflect: based on your new knowledge about a disease, or an area in medical emergency – what would you say is being done to reach goal 3? What would you say is NOT being done, but should be done? Can you think of any challenges that could hinder progress for this goal? Which and why? Can you think of any solutions for these challenges?

 

We will then watch “Ethical Riddles in HIV research” by Boghuma Kabisen Titanji, and read “MSF: Johnson&Johnson prices keep key TB medicines out of reach” from Doctors Without Borders.

 

Hanna

“The extremists have shown what frightens them the most – a girl with a book”

Yesterday, this article was posted in the New York Times. It relates directly to the topics we are working with, quality education and gender equality. It is about an incident in Pakistan where 14 schools, most of them for girls, where burned down during one night, in a district where only 11% of the girls know how to read and write.

Hanna

Girl Rising

“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.

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  • Hanna

Day of Terror

Read some eyewitness accounts from a city in shock, this is a text from the New York Times the day after the 9/11 terrorist attack on the city.

Write a short blog post (2 paragraphs at the most) including your own thoughts and impressions after reading the text and seeing parts of the documentary in class.

Comparison book and film The Reluctant Fundamentalist

Write a blog post where you compare the book and the film. Watch the trailer to the film and an interview with the author, Mohsin Hamid  and the director, Mira Nair linked to in this blog post  

In your blog post, comment on differences in plot, character descriptions and relationships, as well as focus and message in the film vs the book. To what extent do you think that these changes are justified or even improve the story? Or do you think they contribute to the film losing all the subtlety and complex ambiguity of the novel, as argued in this review ?

 

 

Gran Torino

Gran Torino is a film released in 2008, staring Clint Eastwood – a war veteran trying to comes to terms with the multicultural society his neighborhood is turning into.

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(Gran Torino movie poster, picture taken from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gran_Torino)

It is an excellent film, with a 8,2 rating on IMDB, portraying multiculturalism, its challenges and its benefits.

Before watching the film you will be given the movie poster and some questions about the symbolism and importance of cars, and the city of Detroit, about American war veterans and Asian Americans in the USA.

Write a short blog post where you analyze the movie poster – what kind of impression does it give of the movie?

Also, try to answer the questions you have been given in this blog post. It should be posted on your blog today, as you will have about 45 minutes to work with it in class.

 

Even the Rain

The film Even the Rain, or También la lluvia, is a Spanish film from 2010.

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The film is about a film crew travelling to Cochabamba, Bolivia to shoot a movie about Columbus and his conquest.

ciudad-de-cochabamba 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?

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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.