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    Title:     Film Analysis

    SOC 318: Film Analysis Guidelines and Grading Guide



    For this assignment, you will select and watch a film. You will write a 4–5-page essay that takes the ideas of the film and assesses their meaning for human and environmental sustainable community development (HESCD). In your essay, you should include film background and an analysis of the film.




    • What are the key ideas present in the film? What point of view is being expressed?
    • What evidence (research and data) is used in the film?




    • Using the sustainability concept:
      • Discuss directionality, carrying capacity, and conditions of opportunity to analyze the film
      • What are the strengths and weaknesses of the film?
    • How can communities react to the information presented by the film?
    • Have there been any reactions to the film? If so, what were the outcomes?
    • What are possible next steps?
    • What is the meaning for HESCD?


    In Task 6-3, you will submit your analysis. Make sure to watch the film prior to Module Six. You may select one of the following films:


    • An Inconvenient Truth
    • Brain Rules
    • This Land is our Land
    • A film agreed upon by you and the instructor


    Note: If you select a film for approval by the instructor, this should be done by Module Four.





    Requirements of submission: Written components of projects must follow these formatting guidelines when applicable: double spacing, 12-point Times New Roman font, one-inch margins, and discipline-appropriate citations. The essay should be 4–5 pages in length.


    Instructor Feedback: Students can find their feedback in the grade book as an attachment.


    Critical Elements



    Needs Improvement

    Not Evident




    Provides a comprehensive overview of research/data used in the film


    Provides explanation of research/data used in the film



    Some explanation of research/data used in the film



    Fails to provide explanation of research/data used in the film





    Film Critique: Strengths and Weaknesses


    Well-developed critique citing both strengths and weaknesses of the film


    Developed critique citing both strengths and weaknesses of the film


    Some development citing strengths and weaknesses of the film


    Some development but incomplete critique of the film




    Analysis: Meaning for HESCD


    Explores multiple meanings for HESCD through extensive collection and in-depth analysis of evidence; draws insightful conclusions


    Explores some meanings for HESCD through collection and in-depth analysis of evidence; draws some conclusions



    Explores minimal meanings for HESCD through collection and analysis of evidence; draws minimal conclusions



    Does not explore meanings for HESCD; no clear conclusions






    Analysis: Sustainability Concept

    Demonstrates comprehensive exploration of issues and ideas using the sustainability concept


    Demonstrates moderate exploration of issues and ideas using the sustainability concept


    Demonstrates minimal exploration of issues and ideas using the sustainability concept


    Does not demonstrate exploration of issues and ideas using the sustainability concept





    No errors related to organization, grammar and style, and citations


    Minor errors related to organization, grammar and style, and citations


    Some errors related to organization, grammar and style, and citations


    Major errors related to organization, grammar and style, and citations



    Earned Total






Subject Literature Pages 7 Style APA


Film   analysis: This Land is Our Land

            Decades away, individuals and societies have employed different mediums to express their opinions, views, intentions, criticism, innovations and creativity. One of the widely used modes is use of movies, films, documentaries, podcasts, and recordings among others. This discussion presents an analysis of one of the widely watched documentary dubbed, ‘This Land is Our Land’. The paper specifically provides an overview of the film, criticism, meaning in terms of ideas for Human and Environmental Sustainable Community Development HESCD and its analysis based on sustainability concepts.

Background of the Film and Point of View

            ‘This Land is Our Land’ is a documentary written and compiled by David Bollier and Jeremy Earp. It is a documentary that runs for 46 minutes providing information and scenes on various aspects that concerns society. The film is based on the historical development, more so, applying the American context to debunk the continued development and changes that directly affect the lives of human being. In the documentary, Boiller narrates these historical changes that have contributed to market enclosure of huge part of world common resources; oceans, forests, airwaves, public lands, genetic resources, fresh water, knowledge and many others. They further discuss the current implication of these actions. The documentary portrays the consequences that free market has had on these resources. Dominance of commercial interests above collective interests has contributed to exploitation by individuals. The documentary assesses the effects, comparing countries but giving more emphasis on the U.S. The striking examples that the documentary adopts to illustrate and support the claim is the openness and refusal of polio vaccine inventor, Jonas Salk, to patented vaccine. This is contracted with the attempt by 30 multinational pharmaceutical companies in the year 2001 to stop production and importation of generic HIV drugs by a South African government. However, pressure from European parliament and the international community saw the companies back down after their outcry.

            The point of view being expressed in the movie is the continued exploitation of natural resources in expense of future generations. The self-centeredness and increased level of capitalism continues to impact negatively on the ecosystem.

            The directionality aspect in the documentary clearly indicates that the producers focused on the impacts of human actions of the ecosystem. Adopting proper sustainable measures such as reduced carbon emission reduce wastages and over exploitation of resources remain key in the entire documentary. The carrying capacity of the documentary is expansive as it deliberates on different aspects on sustainability such as human beings, water, deforestation, people, resources, ecosystem, environment, and deforestations.  It also broadens the discussion from domestic to global arena. Conditions of opportunity are also highlighted in the analysis and concerns the issues that need addressed such as laws and moral obligation to ensure that society is committed to conservational efforts.

It is worth to give credit and identify notable areas of strengths and weaknesses in the film for future improvement. The documentary has various areas of strength focusing on the sustainability concepts. First, it addresses very pertinent issues related to sustainability faced by human beings. Society is headed in the wrong lane if people continue to pursue economic freedom without paying attention to their ecosystem. Therefore, the movie is educative and informative on the need for every person, community, country and the entire world about their surroundings. It thus acts as a modest educationist media that transforms positively the thinking of the members of society. Furthermore, for sustainability to be achieved, people must be able to change the way they use the resources at their disposal. The human sense of responsibility is essential in entrenching in them moral values that makes them remain obliged and answerable for any of their actions that contravenes the laid environmental protection rules and laws. There is need for well-defined rules and laws that would govern the extent to which humans need to exploit the resources at their disposal.  For instance, people living around forests have no moral obligation to cut down trees because of the proximity. The same needs to be applied in the resource distribution. Permits given must consider the aspect of service to the public and promotion of the government values and mission.

            It is also worth noting that the documentary scenes demonstrate the impact of human activities on the sustainability of the natural resources. Production is, therefore, of high value as real scenes and situations occurring in various parts makes it real and believable. This is strength because it indicates the kind of research and energy as well as the passion that was exhibited to ensure that the documentary is satisfactory and achieves its intended purpose of informing the target audience on their role in safeguarding their ecosystems.

            The language and choice of words in the film clearly delivers the message across on the current situation. Concepts such as sustainability, ecosystem, among others depict the focus of the documentary and their key concerns. Similarly, the use of English language ensures wide reach as many people across the world can understand the core message on need for sustainability.

            Notable weaknesses are identifiable in the movie but can be addressed. One of the weaknesses is the attempt to address different topical issues in one documentary. The wide range of issues that concern sustainability touching on political, economic, social and technology may affect the level of comprehension and understanding the major issues that require urgency in dealing.

            HESCD remains a key variable in the documentary. The concept of HESCD seeks to achieve a world where human beings will mutually co-exist with the environment without negatively affecting it. This responsibility, however, requires the entire members of the community to support it to ensure its achievement. Community or people directly affect the environment through their activities such as charcoal burning, harnessing water, and eradicating forest through deforestations among many other effects that cause imbalance in the ecosystem. However, the community has the capacity to come together and ensure that such resources are protected because they have a continued impact on their own lives.

            Communities’ reaction to the information presented by the film will definitely vary. Some communities will need to be involved in the sustainability efforts so that the resources can be of value to them. Similarly, those that have been directly affected by the exploitation of the resources will likely express their anger and recommend establishment or enactment of laws that would ensure conservation and laws that would allow their involvement. On the other hand, some dissenting voices from the communities are likely to manifest, especially among those that feel that they have the right to exploit the resources. Nevertheless, the documentary may as well be a game changer and thought shaper as some community members may decide to take the initiative as defenders of these important resources. Example of measures would be increase sensitization, adopt environmental friendly approaches by limiting carbon emissions, conservation of water resources and many others.

            The possible next steps in respect to the sustainability efforts would be developing mechanisms that would advance conservation and proper use of resources at disposal. Furthermore, there will be efforts by different governments to reevaluate their strategies concerning environment and sustainability.

In conclusion, ‘This is land is our land’ is one of my favorite list movies by the fact that it addresses salient issues that may affect our generations to come. People need to change their minds of self-fulfillment to a sense of duty to the community. A society that respects nature will definitely have the opportunity to lead better life free of pollution and environmental degradation. The documentary is, therefore, recommended to all individual across the world that real appreciates environment sustainability.


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