The Reluctant Fundamentalist – After the Movie

After we have just watched the movie, “The Reluctant Fundamentalist”, I ended up with mixed feelings on the movie. A part of me liked it, almost loved it, but a part of me also didn’t like it. I liked how they tell Changez’s story in the same way as the book. They start in present time and tell what happened in the past until now, in retrospective. I like how they change the plot a bit and made the present more understandable. I liked, as well, how they made the American more of a character more than in the book. What I don’t like is, how they change some of the characters, or how they presented some of the characters, like Jim.  In the book Jim seems more like an understandable and a nice person. In the movie however, he is presented, in my opinion, more of a meaner guy than the book. I also didn’t like how the time line was presented in the movie. In the book every chapter seems to have a meaning in the future, and the timeline made sense. As I wrote earlier, that’s not the case in the movie. It feels like everything is rushed and only some part had a meaning, the rest felt like fillers to make the story longer. Over all I still like the movie. It shows how certain people can change their mind and their point of view on the world just because of an event that happened. It also shows how easy people are to judge, to draw a conclusion when it comes to people from a different part of the world or a different religion. But it also show how alike every one are, and that we all can make it in the world.

If you want to know more about the movie you can read and watch the trailer here.

 

-CDS

 

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Twitter Poem

We got a task today, to write a twitter poem, a poem that is 140 characters or less. I think it’s a little bit funny that it is called twitter poem, because most languages on twitter have 280 characters now, like Norwegian.

Anyway,I ended up writing the first stanza, and then realized I had a lot of time, so I continued to write two more stanzas. Since I have three stanzas my poem is technically not a twitter poem anymore, since it’s way over 140 characters, but I thought I post it still. Here it is:

 

At days like this,

All that I wish,

All that I want,

Even though I know I can’t,

Is to have you near,

My dear.

 

Not just at days like this,

Do I miss,

Your warmth and smile,

All the time,

And have you near,

My dear.

 

I miss having you company,

You my hubby,

But unfortunately,

You’re not here,

all I want is to have you near,

My dear.

– Camilla D.S

 

Gran Torino- After watching the film.

After we watched the film “Gran Torino” In class, we were assigned to answer two ,out of five, questions on our blog. Here’s a link to the questions.  I wil quote the question before my answer, so it’s not necessary to click on the link. The link is there just in case you were curious what the other three questions were.

Here is the first question I chose to answer:

“2. How do we see oppression of the Hmong people in this film? What has the film taught you about the Hmong people in the USA?”

We can see that the Hmong people are oppressed by the main character, at fisrst, because of the way he speaks to them, and the way he behaves around them. He says false fact about them and don’t even bother to get to know them. After a while he learns the hard way how the Hmong people are like.

Some of the things that I learnt is that, they’re mountain people, from various places of Asia, like Vietnam, China and Thailand. It is considered rude and uncomfortable for some, to be looked straight in the eye, in their culture, and after they came to America it was normal for girls to go to school and boys to get in jail or join gangs.

Here is the second question:

” 5. Do you agree with this summary of the film? Why/why not? Use examples from the film in your answer.”

“Gran Torino’s rich portrayal of cultural diversity and genuine dialogue combine to tell a noble story of how human relationships can evolve across cultural boundaries and lead to valuable personal realizations and fulfillment – even in the most trying circumstances.”

I agree whit this summary. The film shows that people can change, even those you wouldn’t have thought could. An example of a person like that is the main character in the movie, Walt. He and his neighbors are from different cultures, and he later on learns how to accept it.  He makes friends whit them which later on result to a better him.

 

 

 

 

What do we learn from the “Niger Delta Blues” song?

Task 1 

Niger Delta Blues” is a song from a group called BANTU (Crew).  The group started as four people in Germany and now consist of 13 people, 11 men and two women. You can read more about the crew here.

“Fellow countrymen & women
We have gathered here to protest the environmental devastation
Caused by the oil industry in the Niger Delta
The inhumane conditions under which our people are forced to live Is a constant reminder that we do not belong to the artificial entity called Nigeria
There are no schools, medical clinics or social services in most of our villages, no electricity, no clean drinking water
Malaria, typhoid and cholera
Are a given in this tropical disease epic center”

This part of the song shows how the people from Niger Delta has it, after the oil industry in their area have ruined the enviormment.  They live in inhumane conditions. Most villiages has no no clean drinking water, no electricity, no schools, no medical clinics, no social clinics and many diseases. They feel like they don’t belong in the country anymore. They feel like they are not a part of Nigeria.  They’re not being heard, no matter how hard they try.  People are dying and,  yet they’re still not heard.

Below is a picture that shows the area of Niger Delta:

Bilderesultat for niger delta region of nigeria
Picture Link

“Twenty years after the Ogoni Nine
The blues of the Niger Delta has now become the blues of Nigeria
Yours and mine
We sing in unison to the melodies of pain, deceit and shame”

In the second verse, the quote above, we get to know that this problem is not just for the Niger Delta era, but also the whole Nigeria. What used to be just relevant for the era, is also relevant for the whole country. 

“Broken and pained we have learnt the hard way
That disaster-capitalism was invented
Only to protect its own”

“All hail the shoeless, clueless
For the one-eyed has been crowned king
His entourage of militants, neo-liberals and fanatics
Perfectly positioned on the side wings”

Later in the second verse we get to see how the govermment have cursed the country, and how little the people like him.  The people have struggled and learnt the hard way, that their leader and capitalism, isn’t as good as they origanlly thought

 

 

 

Links:

You can listen to the song here.

The lyrics to the song.

The link to know more about the BANTU (Crew) 

The task ,I did number 1 opition 2.

 

-Camilla ❤

 

 

 

My Thoughts on Charlottesville – fake news situation

I got a task in International English to write a blog entry about either an article on what happened in Charlottesville, or  an article about the flood in Texas. Since I haven’t heard anything about what was going on in Charlottesville, I chose to read the article about the event there.

The article was about a guy that had been called fake news because he filmed and uploaded a video on Twitter. It took place at the protest against the Unite the Right rally in Chralottesville, 12 of August. Brennan Glimore, the person that uploaded the video, was one of the people protesting. The video shows a car driving into a group of people and then reversing and got away. You can see the video he filmed here.

Not long after he published the video on twitter,  American news and international press started to ask him for interviews.  He used the whole next day to answer interviews. After an interview with MSNBC, a lot of conspiracy theories started to be spread about him being a part of the incident that happened. You can read more about it here in his article where he explain it from his point of view of the situation.

Now over to the actually task which was to comment on the article and answer some questions, rather than retell the article like i have so far. The questions was: How did it make you feel? What did you learn from it? What would you like to find out more about? Do you agree with the points made in the article? Why/why not?

So, how did it make me feel? At first I was a little worried about his family and himself, because he started the article of with saying he had gotten a phone call from his sister. She said that their parents home address had been posted on a Neo-Nazi conspiracy theorist message board and that he had death threats against him. Then when I continued on  with the reading, I started to feel more annoyed and angry. The thought of how so many people can turn on a person because of conspiracy theory, annoys me. I don’t understand why some people would like to believe the alternative truth rather than the actually truth. I myself like conspiracy theories, but I feel like in this situation is just wrong and stupid to make one up. Maybe I know too little about the situation to be sure to make up an opinion? Any way, at the end I’m left being annoyed and slightly mad.

I learnt a little bit more about the situation, which is good, but I still feel like I just got another confirmation that the world is an f* up place, unfortunately.  Maybe it just the US that is a weir place, who knows? I guess I also learned that sometimes when we make a decision, it can have a bigger consequent than we thought.

What I would like to find out more about is the different conspiracy theories. Why they think like they think, why did they make them? I would also like to know more about the background of the protest and why people would like to believe the theories.  Also how he is so sure that the attacker is a Nazi? The way he says he know that the attacker identify himself as it, confuses me a little. How can you tell form a person driving a car, that he identify’s himself as a Nazi. I of course am aware that it’s most likely that the driver is one, considering it was a protest against people like minded like him, but still, how so sure? I’m not trying to act dumb or to attack the writer, I’m just curious, that’s all to it.

When it comes to the last question I’m not entirely sure what to say. To be honest, the article was a little long for my taste, so I zoned out a little. I do agree with the part he says that we should stand together against the white supremacy. I believe in a world with equality, where no matter your “race” or where you are from, you should still have a right to say something.  No “race” is more dominant than the other, so therefore I agree with the point about us standing together against the white supremacy.

Once again here is the link to the article I’m talking about: How I Became Fake News – By Brennan Glimore

-CDS