Once Were Warriors
OUTLINE ( you need to paraphrase this, also edit whatever you don’t need)
New Zealand feature film Once Were Warriors, directed by Lee Tamahori, has a brilliant and captivating beginning that immediately engages the audience’s attention. Both the beginning and the ending contribute greatly to the film’s popular success and have been made specifically to introduce motifs and symbols, key characters, relationships and conflicts.
The film, Once Were Warriors foregrounds the issue that Maori are a culture that has lost its way .The invited reading is that the Maori community deals with domestic violence, poverty, gangs and alcoholism. The film positions the viewers to believe that Maori men are violent, as the film portrays them in a negative way. By exploiting the representation that Maori men are brutal alcoholics and dangerous, viewers are positioned to agree with the expressions of the film. This representation is evident through the language and actions of the males throughout the film.
(Write down your feelings in response to the following statements or questions. You may refer to both the ﬁlm and your own experiences)
PARA#1 Grace ﬁnds comfort in a certain place. Is there a place you use (or would like to use) when you are feeling depressed or thoughtful? Describe that place, and how it offers you comfort. How could you use this place in a story of your own?
PARA#2 The ﬁlm opens with a billboard. What does this image suggest about New Zealand? What is your view of New Zealand?
PARA#3 Compare the opening and ending of the ﬁlm with the opening and ending of Alan Duff’s novel. (even though you haven't read the book, say that you did and google the start and the ending comments of actual readers)
PARA#4 Is this a hopeful ﬁ lm? Why/why not?
PARA#5 How is Boogie a modern warrior?
PARA#6 Write down between ﬁve and ten quotes from the ﬁlm. Explain how your chosen quotes help your understanding of a character or theme or situation....