Maddy Weitzman, Bruce. 2017. “Berbers and the Nation State in North Africa.” Oxford Research Encyclopedia of African History. ( I HAVE ATTACHED THE READING DOCUMENT)
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1. Acquiring background information
Before viewing the film, read pages 1-7 of Bruce Maddy-Weitzman’s article “Berbers and the Nation State in North Africa,” published in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of African History, 2017, and discuss the following questions:
1. Where do the Amazigh, also known as Berbers, live, and what impact do you think their geography have on their lifestyle?
2. What did you learn about the identity of the Amazigh? What is meant by “identity movement”?
3. After looking up any words that you don’t know, explain your understanding of the quote below:
“The transnational Berber/Amazigh Culture Movement is an amorphous, many-headed phenomenon with a clear core demand: the official recognition of the existence of the Amazigh people as a collective and of the historical and cultural Amazighité (Berberity) of North Africa, and the adoption of policies that will ameliorate their social, economic, and cultural marginalization” (Maddy-Weitzman 3).
2. Film Review ON MOVIE CALLED the Journey of Khadija (2017 (IN ORDER TO DO THIS PART OF THE ASSIGNMENT You would have to sign into Kanopy.com (TO WATCH A FILM AND ANSWER QUESTIONS ABOUT FILM)
Write a film review of approximately 600-800 words about Tarik Ali’s documentary the Journey of Khadija (2017). Your opinion of the film and your explanation supporting it will serve as your thesis. Please focus on what you learn about Amazigh culture from the film. Take notes while watching it, contemplating the film’s depiction of socioeconomic issues as well as landscape, music, clothing, food, and anything you observe about the Amazigh’s cultural practices and lifestyle.
· Your essay should have a captivating introduction, one that includes your thesis and why or why not you recommend others watch the film.
· Discuss some of the themes developed in the movie: language, women’s rights, patriarchy…
· Your body paragraphs should include supporting details. Make sure your conclusion ties your ideas together and reinforces your thesis. Proofread your work mindfully and carefully.
3. Film Discussion
1. In the film, the protagonist Khadija interviews her uncle in a boxing gym. How are their views on gender and religion similar and divergent? How does this conversation impact their relationship?
2. How do Khadija’s Amazigh family and community relate to her? Which details of the film give evidence of this perception?
3. What empowers Khadija to challenge male authority – her upbringing in Holland or the influence of her grandmother?
4. Khadija discusses traditional and progressive values with a group of women. What are these values? Do they manage to integrate them?
5. Khadija ends the film driving a taxi. What do you think is the filmmaker’s final message?
Bonus Question (+5 points)
Have you ever had an experience where your core beliefs were challenged? What was at issue and how did you answer the challenge?