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Images and Meaning: A Selection for Media Literacy Studies

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An anthology of nine films that will spark discussion and learning in media literacy and communication arts courses. Zea: A beautiful exploration of how we struggle to draw meaning from chaos (5 min. 17 sec.). Street Kids: An unusual treatment of a pressing social problem generates discussion on how "truth" is created in film (21 min. 53 sec.). Elephantrio: An animated portrayal of human foibles, rich in symbolism and suspense (9 min. 20 sec.). Nails: Blacksmithing is contrasted with mass production proving that; beauty is where you find it (13 min. 14 sec.). Aloud/Bagatelle: Canadian poet Earle Birney indulges his love of trains in this performance of his sound poem To Swindon from London by Britrail (6 min. 17 sec.). Return to Dresden shows the power of editing in eliciting emotions and opening perceptions when residents of Dresden and the Canadian airman who participated in the bombing of the city during World War II meet forty years later (27 min. 43 sec). The Age of Invention: The coming of the machine age on the eve of World War I is treated in this ciné-poem that juxtaposes the inevitable torrent of history with poignant images of individuals caught in its flow (10 min. 45 sec.). Ashes of Doom: A "thriller" about the evils of cigarette smoking, set in a gothic boudoir (1 min. 53 sec.). Debts: The life of one family whose autumn harvesting days are coloured by the death of a neighbour during childbirth. An austere and economical rendering of a classic theme--the struggle for survival (8 min. 57 sec.).

1987, 105 min 37 s

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