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This assignment requires that you watch the film, The Visitor and respond to a series of questions. You are responsible for finding a way to watch this film. You may be able to rent the film through online sources such as Amazon Prime or iTunes.
Please reach out to your instructor promptly if you have difficulties finding a way to view the film.
In the film, there is a social conflict that offers you an opportunity to explore and reflect on an experience that may be different from your usual family, work, or community.
After watching the film, answer the following questions in an essay. This should not be written in a question-and-answer format since it is a paper. Support your insights with class readings and discussions. Use examples from the film to validate your impressions and be as specific as possible.
1. Who is the visitor? Why do you consider this character the “visitor”?
2. Discuss how factors of intersectionality at the micro-level (e.g. age, gender, ethnicity, income level, etc.) reflect systems of privilege and oppression among the various characters. How do macro-level systems (e.g. culture, religion, customs, laws, etc.) impact the characters’ lived experiences in the film?
3. There are several strong qualities depicted in the film, which include: strength, perseverance, empowerment, resilience, pride, and/or determination. Select three qualities, then use scenes from the film to explain how these qualities were depicted.
4. What did you learn about the cultures portrayed in the film? What surprised you? What upset you? What moved you?
5. What did you learn about your own biases from the experience of watching the film and writing this paper?
* This paper should be no more than 6–8 written pages, plus a reference page. The cover page and reference page are not included in the page count. This academic paper should have an introduction, main body, and conclusion.
* You must use two references (review assigned readings) in addition to the required text. Your references should come from professional academic journals. Do not use sites like Wikipedia, summary notes from the internet, newspapers, pop culture magazines, or movie reviews. Your references should be used to substantiate your points, as needed. This is an opportunity to show your professor that you have been keeping up with the readings.
* This is an essay, and you must use APA (Seventh Edition) style for citations, and the reference page.
* Please make sure to use the grading rubric for guidance on assignment expectations.
The correct Film – The Visitor.
HOW TO WORK ON THIS ASSIGNMENT (EXAMPLE ESSAY / DRAFT)
Introduction The Visitor is a thought-provoking film that tells the story of a lonely widower, Walter Vale, who befriends a young couple, Tarek and Zainab, who are illegal immigrants from Syria and Senegal, respectively. The film depicts a social conflict that provides an opportunity to explore and reflect on experiences that may be different from one’s usual family, work, or community. This essay will examine various aspects of the film and offer insights into the social conflict and intersectionality at the micro and macro levels. Additionally, the essay will examine the strong qualities depicted in the film and explore what can be learned about the cultures portrayed. Finally, the essay will discuss what the experience of watching the film taught about one’s own biases.
- Who is the visitor? Why do you consider this character the “visitor”? The Visitor’s central character is Walter Vale, a widowed college professor who is searching for meaning and purpose in his life. The character is considered the visitor because he is an outsider in the world he inhabits, a world of academia that is sterile and disconnected from the reality of life outside the ivory tower. Walter’s arrival in New York City represents a disruption to the status quo of his life, a reminder that there are other ways of living, and other experiences to be had. In this way, Walter’s character embodies the concept of the visitor, an outsider who enters a new world and is transformed by the experience.
- Discuss how factors of intersectionality at the micro-level (e.g. age, gender, ethnicity, income level, etc.) reflect systems of privilege and oppression among the various characters. How do macro-level systems (e.g. culture, religion, customs, laws, etc.) impact the characters’ lived experiences in the film? The film The Visitor provides a unique perspective on how systems of privilege and oppression are interwoven at both micro and macro levels. The micro-level intersections of age, gender, ethnicity, and income level are shown to create unequal power dynamics among the characters. For instance, Tarek and Zainab are at a disadvantage because of their illegal status, while Walter is privileged because of his white, male, and academic status. Moreover, Tarek’s masculinity is portrayed as more threatening than Walter’s, highlighting the impact of gendered expectations and stereotypes. On the macro-level, the film depicts how culture, religion, customs, and laws affect the lived experiences of the characters. For instance, Tarek and Zainab’s experiences are shaped by the political context of the post-9/11 world, while Walter’s experiences are shaped by the privilege of citizenship and the protection of the law.
- There are several strong qualities depicted in the film, which include: strength, perseverance, empowerment, resilience, pride, and/or determination. Select three qualities, then use scenes from the film to explain how these qualities were depicted. The Visitor is a film that portrays strong qualities such as strength, perseverance, and determination through the characters’ experiences. One scene that exemplifies strength is when Tarek teaches Walter how to play the drum, even though Tarek is facing deportation. This scene showcases Tarek’s resilience in the face of adversity and his commitment to his art. Another example of perseverance is when Zainab is taken into custody, and Tarek and Walter try to navigate the complex legal system to help her. This scene highlights the determination of the characters to fight for what they believe is right, despite the obstacles they face. Lastly, the scene where Tarek is detained and Walter tries to visit him in detention, shows the determination of Walter
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