Perspectives

Perspectives – ideas list – draft

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Books

  • Running with scissors : a memoir – adult biography by Augusten Burroughs
  • Fall on your knees – Adult fiction novel by Ann-Marie MacDonald
  • Joel and Cat set the story straight – Young adult novel by Nick Earls
  • Slave Day – YA novel by Rob Thomas
  • Zoom – by Istvan Banyai – a wordless picture book
  • Re-zoom – by Istvan Banyai – a wordless picture book
  • Getting Mother’s Body – fiction novel by Suzan Lori Parks, we see a story told by each of the members of an extended, poor black family in 1963 rural Texas, and we see perspectives from every person they encounter
  • Why Mosquitos Buzz in People’s Ears by Verna Aardema and iilustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon, 1976 Caldecott award winning picture book’
  • Black and White by David Macauley – a picture book – What appear to be four separate stories, one installment of each appearing on each spread of the book, turn out to intermingle and, in time, become one story.
  • Black Like Me – by John Howard Griffin – non-fiction book . In 1961 Griffin was a white native Texan who spent 6 weeks travelling as a black man.

Movies

 Vantage point (2008) – The same story in this movie is told six times; each time from a different perspective.

Dirty Pretty Things (2002) – A film that presents London from the perspective of African, Turkish, and Pakastani immigrants

Face/Off (1997) – Being treated like somebody else

Dances with Wolves – movie

The Usual suspects (1995)

Sliding Doors

Love Actually

Look Who’s Talking (1989)

Pulp Fiction – “I would never hang out with hit men, but when I watch that movie, I start seeing things from their point of view”.

Hoodwinked  where the Little Red Riding Hood story is told from different characters’ perspectives.

Melinda and Melinda (2004) Director Woody Allen – two alternating stories about Melinda’s attempts  to straighten out her life

The Thin Red Line is a 1998 war film which tells the story of United States forces during the  Battle of Guadalcanal in World War II. Instead numerous soldiers are  depicted with equal amounts of attention, so that the film is primarily concerned with presenting  different perspectives and experiences

Tukso – Dennis Marasigan, 2007  – A story about a village lass who one day wound up dead. Was it an accident? Or was she murdered? A female investigator looks into the case and a set of people  close to or those that might have a knowledge of the incident were interviewed thus enabling the viewer  to have a peek of their lives, their relationship with other people and of the lass.

Mi Vida Loca (My Crazy Life)  – examines the life of a Latina girl gang in East L.A. The stories are told as a series of vignettes with different narrators, each with his or her perspective  on the events portrayed

Becoming American: The Chinese Experience 2003

– An epic history of Chinese immigration to the United States.

Double Happiness  1994 Jade Li is a feisty, 20-something Chinese Canadian, trying to achieve that  happy medium between giving in to her parent’s wishes and fulfilling her own needs and desires – double happiness. Naturally, something’s got to give and when love beckons in the shape of Mark,  a white university student, the facade of the perfect Chinese daughter begins to slip.

 TV

Black. White. is a controversial reality TV series where a black family and white family change races. Using extensive make-up, the family members go out and experience living in someone else’s skin.

Gilmore Girls – perspectives presented by Keiko and her mother

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