Critically Viewing Films

These are some of the questions that you should pose each time you watch a film (including the documentary films you will be asked to view as part of this course):

  • How was the film funded?
  • What are the implications of its title?
  • How was the film distributed? (e.g., Theatrical release, NetFlix, DVD, PBS, etc.)
  • Who/what is/are the subject(s) of the film?
  • What are the problems/solutions presented?
  • What is left unaddressed or unresolved at the end of the film?
  • Who is not represented in the film?
  • What is the film’s message regarding the relationship between individual agency and corporate responsibility?
  • What issues, if any, are addressed beyond the consumption of food?
  • How did the producers convey ideas through multimedia? How were images, video, audio, graphics, text/special effects assembled for audience affect?
  • Where do culture, politics, economics come into play in their relation to food media?

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