The Cinematic Perception of Central American History

Korean Minjok Leadership Academy

Table of Contents

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July 15th 2011 . go to HSH's Log

As I wrote in my comment on your clsassmates' sample chapters, the last chapter I expected as a sample chapter was the introduction.
The United States has been a highly influential country for many years. Reads as if the U.S. is no longer influential. The question is if you do not want to drop such a statement alltogether, as everybody knows the U.S. to be a superpower.
With its massive army force, political power, and tremendous wealth, the US was always more than ready to reach out to other nations in numerous ways. Thus in the 1970s and 1980s, one of the giantí»s target was a very small country in Central America.
'reach out', 'target'. In the late 1940s the U.S. reached out to Europe, with the Marshall Plan it stimulateed the recovery of the European economy. However, Europe in those days would not have been described as a target, rather as a group of partners in distress.
Your choice of words gives your reader the impression that you may be rather new to the subject of the history of foreign affairs (because you try to explain that the U.S. is a superpower) and that you don't know well what you write about - in one moment El Salvador is a partner, in the next a victim.
In a way it was both; but you need to explain this explicitly, not have your reader sense it implicitly the way you do.
Overall, precise expression is an area you need to work on.

July 15th 2011 . go to HSH's Log

I already mentioned the title.
Foreign Policies : plural makes sense if you compare the foreign policies of several countries, example those of France and Germany. As you deal with the foreign policy of the U.S. alone, singular is appropriate here.
Otherwise it looks okay.

July 15th 2011 . go to HSH's Log

Paper topic more focussed now. I still suggests reformulation : U.S. involvement in El Salvador and its cinematic portrayal.
Wikipedia is the name of the organization, not the title of the webpage; that is Oscar Romero in case of (F). The entire reference list is misleading; redo.

May 31st 2011 . go to HSH's Log

sloppy references.
For Website please give name or organization who/which posted it, title of webpage, title of website (if different), URL
For books : the only book you list is a high school textbook, such books get reissued over and over. so : edition and year of publicatioin are important, also comments such as 'abbreviated edition" in applying.
The list does not include the movies, your main primary source.

May 31st 2011 . go to HSH's Log

On top of your table of contents you list this working topic :
Topic: US intervention in Central America and the cinematic aspects upon the issue.
The examples you deal with are Nicaragua, El Salvador and Cuba. Cuba is located in the Caribbean, which geographers treat as a region separate from central America. so U.S. Intervention in Central America and the Caribbean.

Now I wonder how much your account of the history of U.S. intervention helps to shed light on the movie "Walker". This movie is about events in the 1850s; your narrative largely about the 20th century.
In the case of the Cuba chapter, things fit together better.
However, only a small part of the Motor5cycle Diaries deals with Cuba. As your classmates pointed out on the occasion of your presentation, there must be more English language movies dealing with Cuban history.
In the chapter El Salvador, your historical introduction and the movies again fit well together. Here you have a good foundation.

I wonder : the movie "Walker" covers a period long before the one described in the other three.
For Cuba, you have a very thinb source base.
For El Salvador the situation is perfect, two movies exclusively on this country, showing different perspectives. How about focussing on El Salvador alone ?

Apr. 2nd 2011

Voces Inocentes 2004 on El Salvador
Most Popular Titles with Country of Origin Guatemala, IMDb
List of Guatemalan films, Wikipedia
Destination Nicaragua 1986
Try find similar pages on the other Central American countries

Mar. 18th 2011

Index of Movie Reviews : Central America Genre