Exam Report 2011

(a) Explain how films represent members of faith communities. [30]

 

(b) ‘Religious beliefs and practices are always mocked in films.’ Assess this view. [20] 

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2. (a) Explain how films represent members of faith
communities. [30]
Q.2 (a) The most popular question, but also the most feebly
done, with only the best offering any serious scholarly
debate. The great majority of answers relied on re-telling
events in a couple of films, most notably 'Bend it like
Beckham', 'Chronicles of Narnia' and 'East is East'. A
number confused cultural and religious issues and few made
really successful links between religion and the film. Most
contented themselves with rather vague comments about food
or dress codes.
(b) `Religious beliefs and practices are always mocked in
films.'
Assess this view. [20]
(b) There were hardly any good answers to this question. The
best candidates were able to offer a reasoned analysis, using
a range of film material, but overall there were too many
stereotyped responses here about humorous asides
concerning the breaking of religious laws. A few resorted to
TV programmes to illustrate their rather vague arguments.
There was a lot of repetition from (a) though most
candidates were able to offer some kind ofconclusion.

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