Asylum Seekers Essay
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The still images of Asylum seekers revealed the media’s uncaring attitude towards them. The media believe that asylum seekers are nothing but poor helpless scroungers who soak up others countries fund. I thought that the most powerful image was the one that had a scruffy haired woman reaching out with one hand. This to me was a very effective still image because it mirrored the media’s opinion both proximally and kinetically. The woman’s facial expressions suggested that she was distressed and desperate which in an example of the pictures that are always conveyed in the media.
Furthermore the woman’s gestus (Hand out in need) represented how she needed some aid and refuge. An act that is perceived by the media, as a way to sponge of the countries services, such as healthcare and housing. I conveyed my attitude towards asylum seekers and refugees by taking part in an attitude continuum. I place myself in the number 7 spot 3 places away from being totally sympathetic (10) and 7 spaces away from having a hostile attitude (1). I placed my self here because I believe that as a Christian we should help any one in need and provide refuge for them.
However I also feel that we should help the homeless and needy in our own country first. In our still image sequence we acted as farmers in order to show our understanding of the line “When the sun says goodnight to the mountains. I am dreaming of the sun saying goodnight”. We believed that the lines meant that the sun is ruining all of the Caribbean farmers’ crops. So without anything to harvest the farmer, owner and the buyer are all badly effected. We showed this with two images.
The first one with the farmer sitting around doing nothing because without the rain he could not grow is a crop. The farmer tells the audience “without my job on the farm I cannot feed my family”. The owner of the farm is seen with is hands empty as he looks nervously at the buyer and says “because of the lack of rain I have no harvest to sell. ” Lastly the buyer looks frustrated at the owner as he proclaims to the audience. “Because of the lack of rain I have no harvest to buy cheap and then sell for a profit.