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Lecturette

Media and Spirituality through


Film Dialogue

Titus Brandsma Center-


Center-Media Program
Media from means
(Paul VI)

… to culture (John Paul II)


Media

Is just a part of a
COMMUNICATION process…

: WHO says WHAT in which CHANNEL to


WHOM and with what EFFECT
(Laswell, 1948)
Parents/Teachers as role models. . .

Create an ambience for the


youth to be discerning users
of media.
Film Dialogue
as a teaching
tool…
FILM AND SPIRITUALITY
The Three Key Areas:
How do we understand spirituality?
Characteristics of film language to express spirituality
The spiritual dialogue concerning spirituality in film
Spirituality

: dynamic relationship between


the divine Spirit and the human Spirit
that leads to transformation
transformation..

: “lived and a multiform phenomenon “


Spirituality

A process. . .
A relationship. . .
A communication. . .

When we are profoundly touched by the Other,


we cannot help but communicate it!
Forms of Spirituality
 Lay
 Centered on family
 Day to day life
 Schools of spirituality
 Source of Inspiration: e.g. Carmelite, Franciscan,
Marian
 Rituals, structure
 Counter
Counter--spirituality
 Operate from the margins, fringes
 E.g. liberation, feminist, creation, milleniarist, devotions
PRIMORDIAL SPIRITUALITY
 Core source of what life means. . .
 What pushes you 24/7. . .
Film = Motion picture…
GENRES
• Action • Comedy
• Romance • “Adult”
• Horror • Cartoons
• Adventure • Animation
• Sci--Fi
Sci • Period/Historical
• Drama • Musical
• Etc.
FILMS
Films tell stories of all kinds.

When we view films, we engage, participate,


identify, reject, classify, enjoy evaluate,
digest and criticize. mostly in a spontaneous
way, jumping without order.

We engage in interpersonal communication


about the film. We are doing film dialogue,
informally.
Film and Spirituality
Film as the medium, the
language where we experience
the divine-
divine-human relationship
that eventually leads to
transformation..
transformation
Film Dialogue & Other Concepts
 Film Reading - read the film
according to the message it is trying to
convey, promote and advocate. Trying
to at least closely capture what the
director is trying to say. Read the film
according to the directors’
perspectives and not the
viewers’.
Concepts . . .

 Film Critique/Analysis – criticize/analyze the film


according to the merits or demerits of the film.
Mostly according to the aesthetical aspect
(technical) and the how the story is written,
presented and developed through the film.
Usually, questions are if the film is near to the
realities of life, true to its adaptation. Not more in
the application of film to life. Also how characters
compliment or become a barrier to the
development of the story, how it relates to us.
Concepts . . .
 Film Appreciation –
appreciating the film out
of its goodness,
aesthetics and visually-
good and stunning
camera shots; appreciate
the film for its diversity,
appreciate cultural
diversity.
Film Dialogue
Film Dialogue

 Focus - your inner self


self;; as you watch, you discover
yourself, you make your journey to your innermost
being, you talk yourself through the film and get
attached with your senses, your logic, your
emotions and what the film sayssays..
 “Mining the gold in films
films..”
 Focused on life’s experiences that has been called
by the film to surface - . “Inner Dialogue
Dialogue..”
 Sharing with others and listening what others have
to say, and learn from them
them..
 Remember: All films have values.
But they depend so much on the
viewers’ viewpoints and
perspectives.

 Films are reflective of realities.

 Films should be treated in the light of


spirituality and meanings.
Main Objectives
of the Film Dialogue

 A better Christian understanding of media


stories;
stories;
 A process of dialogue, confrontation and
clarification;;
clarification
 Ordering and integration of experiences;
experiences;
 Growth in religious and spiritual meaning;
meaning;
 Cultivation of the life of the spirit from a
Christian viewpoint
viewpoint..
The most
SET LIMITS important thing
is LOVE, but a
close second is
STRUCTURE…
rules and limits.
Be firm, but fair.
Secrets of the Teen
Brain / 7 Rules for
Parents
EXPLAIN YOUR DECISION:
Secrets of the Teen Brain: 7 Rules For Parents

As your child becomes more adept at


reasoning, it’s no longer good enough
to say: “Because I said so.”
reason seen as
interpersonal dialogue…

reason as personal
awareness and respect
for individual…
reason as
education to
depth…
reason as
initiation into
critical
evaluation…
reason as a help to the young
person in understanding his
inner resources…
conclusion:
Separating the wheat
from the weeds
Parents’ attitudes to Media
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Attitude Action Position

Trend I
Suspicion and censorship and outside
rejection control
Trend II
Imitation and use at all costs marginal
ambition
Trend III
Critical Discriminating inside
understanding use & compassionate
service
Now let’s experience
film dialogue…
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