Pedagogy of Constructive Humanistic Transformation Through Cinema
Kurt Vonnegut once said famously, “As a species we are not fit to be on this planet.” To be sure, he was being provocative, pessimistic, or even cynical. But there is insight in that claim. Could it be that the majority of us have not yet acquired the level of development to use rationality in a construc- tive manner and evolve to a higher place? How underdeveloped is human- ity? Can humanistic transformations take place on a massive scale? While we have made great advances in science and technology, humanism has suffered mightily. We seem to be more isolated from each other than centuries before, yet we are more connected in the virtual world. In fact it is a truism to say, “The world is much smaller now.” But are we better off as a species? Are isms, like capitalism and individualism, making our collective human society better for all or at least the majority of humans? Given the dominance of neoliber- alism around the globe, the collective evidence reveals that the status quo does not suffice. From my vantage point, the human society has to undergo a transformation, one that brings about democracy, cosmopolitanism, egalitar- ianism, and harmony with nature. There are various humanistic entities that can assist humanity in this process. I have been exploring for quite some time, through my studying, teaching, and writing, whether cinema, as a humanistic medium of communication, x movies change lives could be a vehicle for such transformation. It is no exaggeration...
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