Working with a movie: Snowden
1) ANALYSIS – FILM: GROUP WORK
After having seen the film, the primary task is to apply the 10 points in the checklist on page 318. Divide your class into five groups and agree two points of analysis for which each group will be responsible. After working with the material, each group then discusses its points of analysis with the class. How do the elements being discussed add to the impact of the film as a whole?
2) ANALYSIS – TRAILER
After you have seen the movie, watch the trailer for it (see above).
Then consider the following questions:
- How is the narrative rhythm of the scenes structured to gain the watcher’s interest?
- How is music used to capture and hold attention?
- To what degree is it chronological in structure?
- What information is deliberately being withheld to increase dramatic tension?
- How effective a trailer is this?
3) WRITTEN WORK – FILM REVIEW
Write a short film review of Snowden for a newspaper or a website like “Rotten Tomatoes.”
The first two websites below might be useful to you for structure and example.
Make a survey of arguments for and against Edward Snowden’s actions. Sum them up and then add your own opinion. Compare your work with a fellow pupil.
The links below may be of use to you.
What has happened to Edward Snowden since this film was made (2016)? Has new information come to light? Is he still threatened with jail if he returns? Bring his story up to date. Suggest how the film might end differently in light of recent developments.
Compare Edward Snowden’s story with that of another controversial “whistle-blower” who appears in the film, Julian Assange. What do they have in common? How are they different? Where are they presently living? Do they share a common fate?
For those of you who you who have already read the short article “Edward Snowden: Champion of Freedom or Traitor?” on page 36, did the film change your opinion of the man and his actions? If so, how and why? If not, why not?
Read the short article “Edward Snowden: Champion of Freedom or Traitor?” on page 36. How is the view of Edward Snowden different in the two media? Why might this be the case?