Name Class Professor Date 1. Discuss how film can effectively address the problems associated with genocide. a. Identity Genocide – despite of its horrific nature that directly assaults humanity in an attempt to make another group of people extinct or just a wanton carnage of mass murder of another group of people does not often have an identity…
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With regard to governments, they tend to look the other way around because it does not serve their interest to intervene and adopts the neutral mentality. This reinforces the resolve of those who commit the genocide for two reasons. First, it perpetuates the murder because genocide is best committed in isolation where it is not known and thus, no opposition will hinder the carnage, be it political or military. Second, there is no deterrence for those who execute the carnage because those who are capable of stopping them does not care. Films best give genocide an identity not only identifying who the perpetrators and the victims are, but also the atrocities committed by those who perpetuate it. For example, nobody would have known the genocide committed by the Ottoman empire (now Turkey) against the Armenian if not for the movie Ararat. The carnage would have been forgotten because Turkey kept on denying that such genocide was ever committed. Until the film Ararat picked an authentic historical figure in that atrocity by the person of Arshile Gorky, who is Armenian artist who actually lived through Armenia’s genocide in 1915. This put a face on the atrocity of the Turkish against the Armenian that they could no longer deny. b. ...
Through the films such as Night and Fog, nameless victims such as those who perished during the holocaust were no longer just a number of 2 million victims. When the film actually showed the busloads of Jews who were gassed in Hitler’s concentrate camp, we saw that the victims were not just numbers but included children, women and elderly who were mercilessly killed. Bodies were piled up for us to witness that we may remember the Holocaust and learn from it. c. Genocide denial Governments, institutions and including us typically looks the other way around even if evidences that genocide is already happening is presented to them. Desperately, most try to adopt the non-intervention and neutral policy while hundreds of thousands die. And they would only act if the pressure to act is already too much to ignore and not out of compassion of those who were murdered. They would like to deny guilt by their non-participation but in fact they could be faulted as well because they could have done something to stop the genocide had they genuinely cared for the people and intervened. This was the experience of UN despite its seemingly humanitarian mission. The institution was at some point, guilty of blatantly ignoring the reality of genocide and can even be categorized as callous because it witnessed carnage of which it has the mandate to stopped yet it did not. The film Shooting the Dogs was a metaphorical slap on the face of UN because it showed how UN soldiers just watched carnage as it happened that dogs feasted on human bodies because its leaders adopted a neutrality policy. And because they adopted the neutral policy, their soldiers did not
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