University of California The Spook who Sat by the Door Film Discussion


Before you start answer the question , Please watch those film and articles first.

The Spook Who Sat by the Door 1973

Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song! 1971

Acham Subverting System p1-p17

Yaquinto Cinema P61-p91

In order to demonstrate your knowledge of course materials and your ability to make connections between the readings, lectures, and film screenings, you will answer two prompted questions that ask you to synthesize the course materials from the week (or to connect one week’s course materials to another week’s course materials). For more details on what is expected, and recommendations for a strong write-up, please see bullet point list below.

  • Written clearly, proofread, organized in a clear and effective way (no more than 300 words per question)
  • Addresses the questions directly and completely (especially, if there are multiple parts to the question)
  • Demonstrates (even highlights) knowledge of the course materials, especially by constructing answers with examples that connect readings, lectures, and films
  • Integrates quotations from textbook, readings, lecture videos, or films (needs to be cited correctly, MLA style (Links to an external site.), and appropriately—not too much quotation, addressed in your own words after citing)
  • Demonstrates deep analytical and critical thinking
  • Attentive to the political and historical context of the period, film, filmmaker, movement, etc. being written about
  • When appropriate, develops a strong argument that is proven through well-chosen evidence that is vividly described in your answer

1) Explain the practice of signifying, give one example of signifying on the white gaze of traditional Hollywood film in The Spook Who Sat by the Door, and explain the political significance of this practice.

2) Pick one point of similarity and one point of contrast between the films The Spook Who Sat by the Door and Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song!. In your comparison, please make an argument about the political effectiveness of the films in relationship to one another. Some questions you could consider: Which film is more effective in delivering its political message? Why? Is there a specific strength in one that is not in the other? Are there distinct strengths in both that serve different purposes?


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