Using 'Blue Kite' in class--suggestions?
I use movies for teaching, i.e. I show movies from different parts of the world to my students in a remote rural part of India. Last year I showed the Blue Kite but found it was a bit too slow moving and unrelentingly grim. Then I showed To Live, which covers a similar part of history in a similar plot, and found it much easier to watch. I'm not saying that this movie is not great, just that for teenagers, the Blue Kite is a bit too slow.
With both of these movies I think it is essential to know background information about the periods of history covered.
I'd like to hear from others about how they might have used this movie in class, and any suggestions of specific discussion questions or activities that worked well. Thanks!