Welcome to the Labragirl Film Project’s weekly film literacy discussion. Every Monday morning Labragirl provides a resource, activity, or methodological discussion to help incorporate film analysis into your classroom.
Last week we joined a conversation from our sister company – Labragirl Pictures‘ blog. This discussion about the film The Stoning of Soraya M. combined film analysis with two of the Labragirl Film Project’s goals:
- Fostering a global perspective
- Addressing racial and gender inequalities
This week we join another conversation from our sister company – Labragirl Pictures‘ blog. This week we talk about Spike Lee’s visual portrayal of Malcolm X. This week’s discussion is aligned with Labragirl Film Project’s goal of helping students see and discuss how moving images shape our understanding of the past.
Classroom Discussion Synopsis:
This week’s Moving Images-Moving Forward conversation explores Spike Lee’s film Malcolm X.
Grade Level: High School & College
- Help students apply film analysis and film reading skills to larger historical discussions
- Help students think critically about their interactions with moving images
- Encourage students to navigate critical thinking discussions about moving images & historical images
In 1992, Spike Lee’s Malcolm X brought an important voice back to the public sphere. Clearly, in his time, this passionate Civil Rights leader was a household name. However, with the passing of time, Malcolm X and many of the other Civil Rights leaders’ names faded from popular culture discussions.
Malcolm X Movie Trailer
In fact, during my years teaching history I was consistently amazed by the number of students who had not heard of Malcolm X and/or did not know of his role in the Civil Rights Movement. Malcolm X brought the story of an important Civil Rights Leader back into the public sphere, allowing us a more robust image of this pivotal time period in American history.
What do you think about Spike Lee’s portrayal of Malcolm X?
What do you think of the movie?
How does Lee’s portrayal of Malcolm X shape the way we understand the Civil Rights Movement?
We’d love to discuss with you.
Did you use any of these discussions or activities in your classroom? How did it go?
Do you teach film reading and film analysis?
What are some exercises you use?
*Disclaimer: All movie clips are suggestions for class use, only. All instructors should screen clips to determine if they are appropriate to use in their classrooms.
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