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BABEL: Cinema and communication in a globalised world

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KeywordsTriple Keywords
Films
Feature films--History and criticism
Motion pictures
Moving-pictures
Cinema
Movies
Citizenship
Citizenship (International law)
National citizenship
Nationality (Citizenship)
Citizenship--Law and legislation
Birthright citizenship
Schooling
Instruction
Education of children
Human resource development
Children--Education
Students--Education
Youth--Education
Education
Pedagogy
Education, Primitive
Humanism
Communication
Mass communication
Communication, Primitive
Myth
Reality
Fatalism
Fate and fatalism
Destiny
Contradiction
Misunderstanding (Communication)
Miscommunication
Progress
Social progress

Abstract

This article presents a training proposal using cinema as cultural material and source of knowledge. A film like Babel makes it possible to work on globalisation and citizenship education, with approaches that require new humanism, a new people-to-people relationship, aware of communication problems, prejudices and cultural shocks arising from technological development. The film questions this existence in an interrelated global world, citing the old Biblic myth of the Torre de Babel, emphasising erroneous identification, misunderstandings and failed opportunities, such as invisible hands that guide us; or the purpose for which we escape. Babel makes it possible to understand the reality of globalisation. It allows us to observe four places as distant as the United States, Mexico, Morocco and Japan, not just physically distanced. The four countries represent different cultural styles, three forms of human realisation. We are witnessing the shock of personal incommunication, isolation due to the difference in culture and fictitious technological proximity. We live together, but they are isolated from each other.

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