Savages, Servants and Scenery

In honour of Black History Month, I’d like to draw your attention to a unit one of our members developed: Savages, Servants, and Scenery: Africa and Africans, According to Hollywood.

This film studies unit will examine the treatment of Africa in Film by Hollywood.

  1. Five classic Hollywood films are screened and critically examined.
  2. Students will work in groups to examine and present their analysis of one of 6 other Hollywood films set in Africa.
  3. Tsotsi is a South African film is the subject of the final reflection.

As usual, if you use this lessons, we’d love to hear how it went.  Feel free to share your experiences below.  Recommendations for other films would also be appreciated.




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