Post by StevePulaski on May 12, 2016 16:23:49 GMT -5
"Paris is Burning:" A marginalized culture maximized
Foreword: Just last week in my religion and ethics in film class, a college course that serves as my first - but certainly not lone - religion class in my personal academic history, we watched the documentary Paris is Burning. At the beginning of the term, I blindly selected this film as the film of the term I'd write a four page "response paper" on, picking a core issue or topic from the film I found interesting, puzzling, or disagreeable and dissect it, also utilizing an assigned reading (in this case, James B. Nelson's thought-provoking "Embodiment: An Approach to Sexuality and Christian Theology") to help make my case. Working off rather broad instructions, I whipped up what I think is an efficient dissection of the film's ability to maximize the understanding of a culture that has been unfairly marginalized and severely damaged by a variety of negative forces. I'll let the remainder of the paper do the talking; this will also serve as my "review" for Paris is Burning, for after writing this, I feel I went deeper than a normal review would have and this piece, in particular, picks one core issue and divulges it explicitly rather than hopscotching around multiple ideas. As always, enjoy and I thank you for reading.