Featured Annotated Film Clips

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Here you will find a selection of annotated film clips that examine and explicate cinematic conventions in order to locate new ways of understanding the filmic representation of poverty.

The below clips and accompanying analysis were carefully crafted by undergraduate students in Dr. Caren Irr’s Spring 2016 course Representing Poverty.

“Magic and Unreality in Boy” by Niki Laskaris

“Oppressive Gender Roles and the Necessity of Maternalism in Winter’s Bone” by Aviv Glick

“Beasts of the Southern Wild: An Intrinsic Perspective on Poverty” by Yael Cohen

“Stephen Daldry’s Depiction of Poverty in Trash” by Marian Gardner

“Heaven Knows What: Exploring The Minds Of The Homeless” by Koonhow Goh

The below clips and accompanying analysis were carefully crafted by graduate students during the summer of 2015 as part of a Brandeis University Teaching Innovation Grant project.

“Heaven, Hell, and In-between: Character Doubles in Dirty Pretty Things” by Paige Eggebrecht

“Romancing the Slum: Conflict of Cinematic Style and Realism in Slumdog Millionaire” by Paige Eggebrecht

Beasts of the Southern Wild… Or Simple Steps to Ignoring Poverty while Preparing for the Coming Zombie Apocalypse” by Megan Finch

Rosetta at Work” by Matthew Schratz

“Dreaming Poor: Pedro’s Dream in Los Olvidados” by Matthew Schratz

“Examining the Interaction between Perspective and Space in Children of Heaven” by Courtney Pina Miller

“Living on a Shoestring: An Analysis of the Representation of Poverty in Children of Heaven” by Courtney Pina Miller