Hi You guys! So glad that your time is being well spent! 😉 Funny that you have encountered the lure of Star Wars in Guatemala of all places. Oh well, we can’t escape. I’m sure it’s a gift somewhere. Our trials will follow us wherever we go, eh?
I thought I’d add my thoughts here, as Star Wars is dear to my heart.
Aaaah star wars, as a student of film, cultural ethos and communications in University, I focused a lot on science fiction cinema and literature and what it may embody of our cultures…why, like greek heroic myths, and first nations and totemic descents into various forms of darkness, trial and horror, with a return to daily life, initiated into the role of adult: the hero’s journey, our culture and many others, tell stories not only of battles between clans, against earthly enemies, but also otherworldly, and even more importantly, inwardly, a battle with the self……the first three star wars movies have stuck out in my experience both before and since having a child as great examples of such a story…including many nuances of so-called good and evil, of strong female and male role models, of honour, valour, kindness, empathy, resilience in the face of loss (luke has no parents, yet grows into a tender, noble, loved and loving knight of the light….he forgives his father, and accompanies him towards a path of self-forgiveness and redemption…..huge, deep reaching themes, underlying the flash of battles, arms, soldiers, and explosions…..then there’s the force, and yoda, and obi one kenobi…..the following star wars movies and all the new cartoons, vid games, merchandising, are of a completely different class in my books
when I imagine doing a course questioning why humans create myths and stories, why those stories help bind us together in belonging and meaning, how this has disappeared from our culture to some extent due to multi-culture, multi-faith, and an over dependency on media to raise our children and therefore provide their moral compass, I would not fail to include The Original Star Wars Trilogy in my course…..in the past in was venerable and wise adults that delivered these stories to our youth……this is the problem, as I see it: today it is a cold, hard, faceless screen…..