the concept of ideology that works in the film slum dog millionaire.

use the notation by applying a concept of ideology that works in the film slumdog millionaire.

when writing the paper ask yourself:

Questions to think about when watching Slumdog Millionaire
-How is the urban space staged cinematically?

-I.e., how do opening sequences situate the urban space

-How does the film seek to represent its urban space in relation to broader structures?

-I.e., is there a narrative around the under-developed world? Ghettos or
slums in general?

-Does the film provide any explanation or analysis of the sources of the slum or ghetto? -Do characters seek to or succeed to escape the ghetto? How does this film moralise these attempts?

-How does the film present daily life? How does it represent violence?

-How does the film represent or portray issues of race or gender?

-Is the film accurate in its portrayal?

MOST IMPORTANTLY Define the ideology that you refer to the movie, analyze the film critically, yet this should not be a theory essay


-adopt very bright filters on cameras so the color contrast is incredibly sharp adding an exoticizing effect
-fail to give us any significant account of life in a slum, the slum‟s relationship to the city, or at least only a cursory one
-immediately place in the role of the sympathetic viewer rather than the role of the people to whom they are invisible, despite the fact that we are likely to be the latter
-Places us in a comfortable position from which we might be moralistic tourists of the slum
„ghetto‟ and slum films generally function to allow us to identify with the violent agents —acting with the ghetto from a secure location
-to view the plight out of the ghetto (rather than its destruction) as a moralistic one
-they thus re-enact the American Dream motif
-they reduce the ghetto to an exotic realm of violence and sex, mysoginy, etc.
-they provide us with the frame of „critical realist‟ account of the sources and structures of poverty yet provide utterly no analysis of those structures

USE THESE AS SOURCES (WORK CITED) PLEASE, I have selected 8 sources on the order description and have provided them from the following:

Given that Slumdog Millionaire is a relatively recent film, there will be few academic sources engaging directly with the film. However, you may want to have a look at the following:


-S.M. Gietty Tambunan, ‘The Double Logic of Remediation in Slumdog Millionaire’

-Sukhaimi Khorana, ‘Crossover Audiences in the Aftermath of Slumdog Millionaire’

There is also quite a bit of literature on global poverty for this week on the course in the syllabus. You may also want to have a look at the following:

-Barbara Caroline Mennel, ‘Cities and Cinema’

-Loic Wacquant, Urban Outcasts: A Comparative Sociology of Advanced Marginality (2008)

-Mark Shiel, Cinema and City: Film and Urban Societies in a Global Context’

Shohat, Ella, and Robert Stam 1997. “The Imperial Imaginary” Unthinking Eurocentrism: Culticulturalism and the Media. London and New York: Routledge. pp. 100-136.

Ghosh, Sanjukta. 2003. “Confusing ‘Exotica: Producing India in U.S. Advertising.” Gender, Race, and Class in Media: A Text Reader. 2nd ed. Ed. Gail Dines & Jean Humez. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Sage Publications. pp. 274-282

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