Higher Learning - Film Analysis

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Higher Learning - Film Analysis Exposition: The Establishing Shot of the film is a full screen American Flag, the camera zooms out and points down, revealing a large crowd of people in a rally, being very patriotic. As the camera zooms off the flag we come across a statue of Columbus- indicating it to be Columbus University. The speaker on the stage gives us another indication of the setting by Shouting'Columbus University'. They are in front of a stage with Band music playing and chants rising out. Whilst this continues in the background three characters are established: Remy, Kristen and Malik. Remy is amongst the crowd- standing alone not joining in with the chant. Kristen walking along, ignoring the songs and shouting, ignoring most of the things around her- alone. Malik is established when he stops the doors from closing and he enters the lift with Kristen her hand strays to her bag in suspicion and Malik shakes his head. All characters tastes and personalities are shown when they are in their rooms with music playing and images of objects shown- Kristen has family photo's, Malik has baseball artefacts and Remy has rock posters. Development: The narrative follows part of these students' lives during a year at college, they are in each other's lives whether they know it or not. There are parallels drawn between them as the narrative progresses: Peace V War, Aggression V Pacifism, sides are taken and the racial lines are clear- stick to your own group like glue. How they fit in with the rest of the college population, Malik does this better than Remy and Kristen- he heads straight for the black population. As Kristen try's ... ... middle of paper ... ...fears black-she has no experience of them. She is from Orange County near Disney Land- a fantasy world. Now she is in college the problems hit he. As Kristen meets people and sees what they have to say the wheel begins to spin so that she learns things. The rape starts it all off for her- resulting in the women's group- experimenting with her sexuality. So by the end of the year she has stepped clear of the closet and is much more open with herself. Overall, whilst their lives take different paths the objectives are extremely similar in Malik's and Kristen's lives. They both have tuition fee problems, they both have to try and fit in (although this is easier for Malik as he heads straight for his own kind). Malik becomes less segregationist and Kristen becomes less naïve, organising the Peace Fest-equality objective.

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