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The film "Remember the Titans", directory by Boaz Yankin is a film focused on the major social problem of racism.

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?Up until 1971, there was no race mixing?. This was the sad reality of America in the 1960s and 70s. The film ?Remember the Titans?, directory by Boaz Yankin is a film focused on the major social problem of racism. Every scene in the movie displayed racism and showed how it affects everyone. The film, based on a true story, is about events which occurred in 1971 and focuses on the racial attitudes and tensions of the football team at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Virginia. During 1971, federal laws were passed that required schools to desegregate within the South. These federal laws forced T.C. Williams High School, a white only school, to allow African Americans to attend school there. The titans football team, previously coached by the white Bill Yoast is now coached by the Black coach .The struggles that arise from the racial diversity are profound. But Coach Boone, and his white coach, Yoast defy the odds and overcome the race barrier, to win the state championships. This film uses several visual and oral film techniques that helped me to understand the important idea of overcoming racism. Both cinematography and the motif of windows, helped me to see the progress that was made in overcoming racism and also have me a better understanding of the life, ignorance, and narrow mindedness black Americans had to endure in the 60s and 70s. ...read more.

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Normally for Gerry through the views and observations of his parents, teachers, and friends? behaviours, negative attitudes were acquired. He learned the behaviour of prejudice and discrimination was the appropriate social norms to follow. Now this has been overcome. Mrs. Bertier made an important step in creating a change in Society by accepting Julius into her life. Change is necessary to keep relationships. If someone is too full of pride to admit that they are wrong, then they will feel a growing malice towards the one who is right. Gerry and his mother were mentally able to see past the race of Julius and see into the soul of him. Through the window motif I was able to see how racism was overcome was worth learning about in remember the titans. I now know what is keeping the races apart. The window barrier represented fear, and it was fear anf ignorance that kept the blacks and white from uniting as one. The window motif also helped me to realise that it only takes one person to change their views, and other people will follow. Cinematography was another technique which helped me to understand the important idea of overcoming racism. We see this technique at the beginning of the movie, we see the community of Alexandria in an uproar due to a young African American being killed by a white person. ...read more.

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Indeed, in the quest for social progress, the struggle for equality has gone a long way, with black Americans now holding high-ranking positions in specialized fields in government and society. Remember the Titans demonstrated the Civil Rights movement in the U.S. It personifies the power of respect, care and desire to win prevailing over racial prejudice. It showcases how individuals from diversified color, background and culture rose from the occasion and became lifelong friends. The fight for equality and the demolition of racism has been an extremely significant fight. The school?s integration in the summer of 1971, eventually led to individual change in many of the members of the community. The film portrays how people may change on a social or political level but not on an individual level. Martian Luther king JR. Had a dream that all men would be treated equally regardless of the colour their skin. The film remember the titans illustrates how difficult it is for a community to not only make social or political changes, but changes as individuals, most people are ignorant and narrow minded when making choices and this influences other people to do the same people often stay with the majority instead of the minority in order to feel safe and out of harm?s way. The director is trying to demonstrate that a person?s perspective and way of thinking may not change along with social or political issues. ...read more.

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