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Eduardo Barajas SID: 20613036 Col Writ. R1A, 11/12/08 Heather Kirn. Day Night Yes No When thinking of a terrorist, what is the first thing that appears in your mind? An Arab, an Indian, a Mexican, anyone other than American? The concept of a terrorist varies with experiences and the portrayal of the terrorists from where the person is. The media plays an important role in the thought of terrorism in the U.S. The media is a source of information on terrorists that people see because they cannot go and experience the situation on their own. Movies play an important role in what their audience believes to be as a terrorist. In the movie Day Night Day Night, a post 9/11 movie on terrorism, does not depict the typical classification of a terrorist. Although some aspects of the film do portray the typical stereotype of a terrorist in the media, the film itself did not focus on classic mold of a terrorist movie and is classified as an atypical terrorist movie. In the media, a typical terrorist in a film is usually portrayed as someone of another nationality that has a reason to become a terrorist. A 19 year old girl is introduced as the protagonist of the story but it is made unclear of her intentions and of who she is because no background information is clearly stated throughout the movie. Jenkins states “Such images confirm the belief that ‘real’ terrorism is automatically connected to the Middle East, while violent activities elsewhere in the world somehow fall short.” Her appearance is that of a middle-eastern or European woman and may strike the audience as though she would be a in a typical terrorist movie. She states that she has never gone cross-country and when asked about her parents, she says that they are dead. This brings us to know that she is a young American girl
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and that she did not enjoy her life and the mold of a terrorist movie is broken in the film. Although this movie does not directly inform the audience of background information and that
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This note was uploaded on 05/10/2010 for the course R 1B taught by Professor Lipkin during the Spring '06 term at University of California, Berkeley.

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