Final Blog Post of the Semester

Which film that we watched over the course of the semester was your favorite? Why? Which was your least favorite? Explain.
What is another movie that you know of that would fit in with this elective curriculum? Give a brief summary of it an link to where I can read about it.

A film that we watched over the course of this semester that was personally my favorite had to be A Real Women has Curves  and the movie Maria Full of Grace. These two were personally my favorite because I feel that a lot of people can relate to A real Women has Curves due to the fact that its about a teenage girl and her struggle in her family and the college process and its all pretty relatable to us teens. The second movie was also one of my favorite film because it involved one topic that was pretty interesting to learn about. This movie was about trafficking drugs by ingesting them into your body and travel from one place to another. You typically always hear that women are always struggling due to low economy, especially if they are young and pregnant, so coming to the United States for a better life for her child and seeing her go through that process was pretty entertaining.

Another movie that would be a good one to show for this elective curriculum would be the movie called, “Voces Inocentes” or Innocent Voices in English. This movie takes place during the Salvadorian Civil War and focuses on one kid called Chava and his journey with his family. The main struggle that he and is family has is, his father took off to the United States and is sort of helping them financially but his mother struggles to find a job that will support her three children. But Chava’s main concern is trying to not get recruited by the guerilla because all they want in little boys to help fight in the war during this time.

Blog Post 7

Who is your favorite (visual) artist? What art medium does this person create (paintings, sculptures, sketches, photography etc.)? Is their art more abstract or concrete? Modern or classical?
What do you think about Frida Kahlo and/or Diego Rivera and their art? How would you compare it to that of your favorite artist? Feel free to look up more information/use pictures but please site any sources that you use.

My favorite visual artist will have to be Vincent Van Gogh. Van Gogh is a Post-Impressionist and he creates a lot of paintings. He is famous and mainly known for his painting Starry Night.  I would say that his work is pretty concrete because being abstract would mean you wouldn’t understand what his work is at first glance. His work has significant meaning behind it and is pretty straight forward, he does a lot of still life and portraits. His work would be considered classical because since he is mainly focused on post-impressionism, his works tends to be more reflective on the old times and old fashion ways

I like Frida Khalos art because they are almost always about her and as simple as they seem they have a deep meaning behind them. As for her as a person, it makes the work even more amazing because most of these pieces of work she had done when she was in critical condition. I would compare her work to Van Gogh because they are pretty straightforward and have deep messages behind their work.

Which Way Home

Write a review of the documentary, Which Way Home. How did this movie make your feel? Did you think it was a better portrayal of what kids have to go through when they immigrate illegally than Under the Same Moon? Why or why not?

If you put in all that work and risked your life to make it to the US and instead got caught and deported, would you try to make the journey all over again? Why or why not?

In the documentary Which Way Home focused on the struggles of child immigrants. These children are on their journey to come to the United States from Mexico. The movie bases on the lives of many little kids who are in search for their parents. These kids are either 9 -17 years old and they are faced with the struggle of having to grow up without their parents or having to take on many responsibilities to fill the shoes of their parents. The main reason they leave to the United States is to find a better life away from home, they not alone have struggles with family but with themselves, being away and being on your own causes one to go into a depression or causes one to do  crazy things such as addictions. In a sense I think this was a better portrayal of what kids go through when they immigrate than Under The Same Moon, because you are seeing how it affects many people from different ages. This is a better representation because you see many different points of views and how people struggle with one another and sometimes people might think that the other movie is all just made up because its a movie, and don’t take into consideration of what is actually going on.

Coming from a family that has given up a lot to come here and seeing all the hard work they put to have a better life than they had in Mexico, I think that if I were to face all that they faced and then end up being deported back I will make the journey back and risk it all. I would do this because I know that I can have a better life and a better chance at my future back here in the United States. I would still have everything that I fought so hard to gain and will make wiser choices now, than I did before. The times are rough here when passing the border but I know that I will be smart because I have done this before and will only be looking forward to the future that I will continue to have here.

Evita The Musical

Write a review of Evita, the musical. Be sure to hit all of the points below: – What did you learn from the movie? Did you like the story? – Why was Eva Perón such a controversial figure in Argentine history? Why was she loved by some but disliked by others? Did you enjoy the music? Would you have enjoyed the movie better if it were not a musical? Why or why not?

Evita poster.jpgThe movie Evita the musical, was based on the life of a woman by the name of Evita Duarte. She was the most loved person in Argentina because she was the most involved person in her community despite being from a low class family. Which made her even more special. Once she got married to Juan Peron and became the first lady of Argentina is when everything changed. People started seeing her differently and believe that she had betrayed them. This was mainly because they thought she had forgotten about where she came from and now that she had this “fame” in her head she wasn’t going to be the same as before. What I learned from the movie is that no matter what Evita did she still had people that admire her but also social statues is something people are big on and is important to everyone. She was a controversial figure because she got married and became the first lady when all her life she had been helping the poor and came from a lower class. 

If Evita was more of a movie than a musical I think I would have enjoyed this movie, although the songs were good and had a nice meaning to them, it sort of did get annoying. Not being able to hear them talk in full sentences without having them break into a song can be too much for my head.