How To Watch These Films
knows how to watch a video. You get a bag of munchies,
pop in a cassette, hit "Play," sit back, and
enjoy the movie. Thats it! Watching one of the
films listed here involves more than this. Watching these
movie needs to be a thoughtful and concentrated
experience to be beneficial.
To prepare for the experience, make sure there will be no
distractions such as kids or others bursting in on you or
somebody chatting while youre trying to watch the
film. You need to be able to focus your attention on the
film. It is best to get a video rather than to attempt to
watch a film on network t.v. with commerical
interuptions. It is also good to watch the movie
with one or more others with whom you are able to talk
about personal things, such as your concerns and
difficulties. After watching the movie it is important to
reflect on what you saw and to discuss the film with
those who viewed it with you. Reflect on or discuss your
observations and the questions listed below.
The films recommended here may not be the type you would
normally watch. As you begin to view one you may quickly
find that the movie is not your kind of entertainment.
Remember, you are not watching this film for
entertainment but for personal growth. Certainly, if the
film becomes too distressing you should turn it off, but
dont turn it off because theres no action.
A film can have different meanings to different viewers.
Your life experiences, your personal issues and your
emotional reaction will influence the meaning the film
has for you. Allow yourself to feel the experience. If
you find yourself identifying with a particular character
or you see similarities between one or more of the people
in the film and people in your life, allow yourself to
witness the events as they unfold. Are the behaviors and
choices made similar or different than those you and
others in your life make? If they are different are they
better choices? If they are better choices what gets in
the way of your making the same? Be honest with your
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