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National Schools Film Week

John Simkin

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What sort of history do feature films give us? Do they do no more than show us what the period depicted in the film would have looked like? Do they tell us more about the values of the current culture which produces them as opposed to the culture that they seem to represent? For the historian and the student of history, the feature film presents many challenges and offers lots of problems. But if we are looking at feature films as a possible source of evidence, then they pose no more difficult questions than, say, paintings, photographs etc., in fact any other historical source that historians might use. The history strand of National Schools Film Week offers a wide historical perspective and is supported by study notes.


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