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    Select a movie or TV show that effectively communicates the cultural, values and norms of a society that is different from your own culture. Ideally, this movie or TV show would be a foreign film with subtitles. The movie or TV show you select should provide you with a glimpse of what life is like in another culture. The process of watching this movie or TV show should provide you with a unique, cultural experience.
    Watch the movie/TV show that you selected, and use your reactions as part of your response to the following topic: Define ethnocentrism and how it affects individuals, societies, and multinational corporations.

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    I select a movie, Incendies, a film with English titles but is made in French, for you to consider. This film communicates the cultural values and norms of a society that is different from my own culture as it is set in the Middle East, likely Lebanon, since it is unspecified, more inferred.

    The film clearly shows that the protagonist, Nawal, has her homeland that "is clearly meant to be Lebanon, and her time there parallels the 15-year civil war between Christians and Muslims that began in the 1970s" (http://www.csmonitor.com/The-Culture/Movies/2011/0422/Incendies-movie-review). Research indicates that "Though its details are fictional, this chronicle is impressively nuanced in its rendering of Lebanese politics and society in the 1970s and ?80s" (http://movies.nytimes.com/2011/04/22/movies/incendies-based-on-wajdi-mouawad-play-review.html).

    The movie provides a glimpse of what life is like in another culture. It shows gender, political, and religious tensions, which often shocked me. The women in the film lacked the equitable social, emotional, marital, and overall freedoms that we experience in America. It also showed that religious harmony as we have in America with Buddhists, Muslims, Atheists, Christians, and Jews living together does not happen in the film, as violence and death ensue based on Muslim versus Christian affiliations. Babies were abandoned and sent to orphanages if they belonged to a mixed-faith couple, as in the case of the mother's son, which prompts the plot into motion.

    The Middle Eastern culture is ...

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