Images and Reality (2001)

Film details

  • Director

    Gayani Sujeewa

  • Countries

    United Kingdom Netherlands

  • Year

    2001

  • Type

    Video

Synopsis

Part of a teaching pack which highlights how TV news footage can be used to encourage students to learn about the developing world. Aims to enable teachers to introduce media analysis in the classroom as a means of raising awareness about the way the developing world is represented on television. The video: introduces some aspects of young people's perceptions about Africa; models three different approaches to teaching about developing countries via media analysis - in geography, drama, and media studies (or English); and gives a feel for the management of media lessons in general. Includes: a montage or collage of images and sounds taken from news representations of Africa; a geography lesson with a group of 11-12 year olds featuring a short news broadcast reporting the consequences of flooding in Mozambique; a drama lesson which begins with a brainstorming session of preconceptions and assumptions about Africa, and preparation for role-play, simulating a short piece to camera reporting on changes to Mozambique since the floods; a media lesson taken by an English teacher, with a group of 13-14 year olds, using extracts from charity appeals made by Comic Relief.

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