The Power of Film

A film has the power to inform, influence and impress on its audience a certain message. Convey knowledge, broaden our perspective and in some cases make us take action.

We have watched two films in class, Girl Rising (2013, directed by Richard Robbins) and Before the Flood (2016, directed by Fisher Stevens), which clearly want us to take action. Would you recommend one or both of these films to anyone? If so, to whom and why? If not, why?

Do you know of another film that you would highly recommend people watching, and if so, why?

Write a blog post in which you discuss how a film can create an impact on people and society. Use at least two films as examples, at least one of which should be one we have seen in class. Comment on target audience as well as topic and / or narration, depending on what you find is the main goals of the films.


In the news: Watergrabbing

Read about the practice of watergrabbing and how it affects people in Palestine and other areas here:

Also take a look at this video from Al-Jazeera:








Bilderesultat for google pictures goal 6 un

When it comes to water, there is either not enough, it is not clean, or there’s too much of it… According to the UN,

“Water scarcity, poor water quality and inadequate sanitation negatively impact food security, livelihood choices and educational opportunities for poor families across the world. At the current time, more than 2 billion people are living with the risk of reduced access to freshwater resources and by 2050, at least one in four people is likely to live in a country affected by chronic or recurring shortages of fresh water.”

Read the pdf file The Importance of Water under resources on itslearning or find it here and do tasks 1, 6 and 11 together with a partner.

Then read the story Thirst  (also posted on itslearning). Discuss in your groups:

– What attitudes in present-day America do you think the author is criticising in his depiction of post-climate-change society?

– In the story, the US collapses into civil war caused by water conflicts. Such conflicts are already common in the developing world. Do you think such wars could happen in the developed world too? Explain your opinion.

– Choose one of the quotes from the story below and discuss what point the author is trying to make and how his use of imagery helps him get it across:

“We squared away old debts and told off our supervisors and burned our homework and sought revenge, only to see the sun rise upon our sins once again.”

“We  indulged and we consumed until we were fat and bloated with self-disgust.”

“We took to the streets in rage and to the bedrooms of strangers in desperation.”

Finally, write a blog post on task 3 on the hanout “The Importance of Water”: We have encouraged you to see how global challenges are interconnected and impact each other. The article makes ties between water, the situation for many women in the world and education. Explain the connections that are made and discuss their importance. In addition, include any thoughts and insights you may have on this after having read the story Thirst as well.

Finish your blog post by Tuesday night (Sept 18).





Profit over peace in Western Sahara: How commercial interests undermine self-determination in the last colony in Africa by Erik Hagen and Mario Pfeiffer

Choose one of the tasks below and work in pairs or small groups. Present your product on Monday, September 10 (Ingunn’s class) and on Tuesday, September 11th (Hanna’s class).

1. A new book about Western Sahara is called «Profit over Peace». Take a look at the book and reviews of it on the internet and find examples of how international companies and the EU are profiting from the natural resources of Western Sahara. Make a video where you discuss this. Who profits, and from what? How is the hunt for profit hindering peace in Western Sahara?

2. Violation of human rights – what violations of human rights are committed in Western Sahara? Create a multimedia presentation where you explain, give examples and use pictures to illustrate these violations.

3. The media coverage of the conflict – search for news articles and comments on the conflict in Western Sahara in English-speaking media (BBC, CNN, Al-Jazeera..). Does it seem to be a high profile conflict? Why/why not? Asria mentioned the lack of investigative journalism in her speech. Prepare an oral presentation where you show how investigative journalism and media coverage in general is lacking when it comes to this conflict.

4. The role of the UN in the conflict – The United Nothing?
Describe the role of the UN in Western Sahara and try to find out why they have failed in carrying out the referendum on independence for Western Sahara. Use the UN’s own pages ( to find out about this, but also include some other sources that may be more critical of the role the UN has played (or failed to play..). Make a document about this that can be shared with the rest of the class, including history and current situation, facts and figures.

Ingunn and Hanna


“As long as poverty, injustice and gross inequality persist in our world, none of us can truly rest.” Nelson Mandela.

  • 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 two 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.

 – Hanna

Welcome to a new school year!

Welcome to a new school year at Fagerlia!

We are excited to start this blog project with you 😀
In this class both you and we use blogs to share information, curriculum, assignments, and answers. At the end of the year we will host a Blog Awards, awarding the best blog, best layout, the blogger with the most posts etc.
Let’s get started!

The first order of business is for you guys to create your very own blogs. Remember, this is an educational blog, which will be evaluated, so keep it tidy and professional. Use and choose a free account. When making your account you can choose whether to have a public, private or hidden blog, but no matter which you choose you have to share the link with your teacher.

Most of the assignments given will be answered on your blogs, all of them will be read and be Godkjent/Ikke Godkjent. This is a great way to practice and develop your writing skills.

So, get to it! Make your blog, include links to other public blogs of your classmates, as well as our teacher blog, and maybe even a map, so you can see where your visitors are from.

We also encourage you to read each other’s blogs.

After having created your blog, your first blog assignment is simply this: Write a post about the UN sustainable development goals which we have talked about in class. Your post should include which goals you think are most important, and most interesting for you to work with – and why. Also, share your thoughts on how you would like to work with this goal.

Good luck!

Hilde, Ingunn and Hannaun development

The Kite Runner and The Good Lie

Write a blog post based on one or two of the following questions:

1. Comment on how common themes are explored in the two films and how the films show these. Focus especially on the theme of redemption.
2. Comment on the titles of the film. Why do you think the directors chose these titles? Is there a symbolic meaning behind them?
3. Write a character analysis of Amir and Hassan in the Kite Runner.
Focus on their personality, physical appearance and the conflicts they go through and how these change them. At the end, say something about what we can learn from these characters
4. Write a character analysis of Mamere, Paul and Jeremiah in The Good Lie.
Focus on their personality, physical appearance and the conflicts they go through and how these change them. At the end, say something about what we can learn from these characters
5. In both films, brotherhood is an important concept. Explain how this concept runs through one or both of the films and influences the message we are left with after watching the film(s)
6. Both films deal with people who have to flee their home country because of conflict and in both films, the main characters end up in the USA. Discuss what challenges refugees go through when they flee their country and resettle in another. Include examples from the film and also comment on the opportunities they are given.