December 3, 2012
Up The Yangtzee
This last film brought a unique light to what I intended to do with my final project. The terministic screens in this film are hardly clear and very noticeable. From the start we get a glimpse of a poor family struggle in comparison to a ship filled with wealthy traveling tourists. This alone creates a huge divide between the characters we see but this has little to do with how this family lives in comparison to others in their own country. There is also a significantly larger number of interviews with the workers on the ship than the family members. The question and answer portion of this video make it apparent that one is being guided on what to say, a loss of trust in the cinematographer comes into mind there. We have studied all semester how we may rhetorically produce a question to garner an intended response, the lack of purity in just filming their actions the whole time like they did with the family shows corruption in the intent. The lack of an in depth explanation of the need for the dam and what its monetary or other gains for the country were leaves it seeming purposeless except to damage the lives of those living by the banks.