Urban Stories: Power, Poverty and Conflict

(c) Specialist Study 1: Urban Stories – Power, Poverty and Conflict

The expectation is that candidates will choose two principal films representing life in difficult urban environments, and that these will be supplemented by two further films studied more briefly. The challenge of this topic is to compare and contrast films which may come from very different social and cultural contexts. A list of suggested films is contained in the Notes for Guidance. It is possible to consider historical examples such as Metropolis and Bicycle Thieves or largely contemporary examples such as Chungking Express, La Haine, Amores Perros, City of God and Tsotsi.

Historically this is the option we have chosen with reference to the following films: Chungking Express, (d. Wong Kar Wai, 1994) La Haine, (d. Matthieu Kassowitz, 1995) Amores Perros, (d. Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu, 2000) & City of God (d. Fernando Merielles and Katia Lund, 2002).

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