During the class of February 27th, we were able to have in depth discussions on what we thought of the parts we had watched on Have You Heard From Johannesburg? and Cry Freedom. It was interesting to hear what my classmates were most affected by and how everyone had different thoughts on the various parts of the films. I found that people were mostly impacted by how sports influenced apartheid and how that aspect of society was able to make such a difference in government. I thought that I was mostly impacted by the part of the film that discussed foreign affairs. It was interesting to me to see how long it took the United States to become involved out of fear.
People were more involved in the class discussion when we talked about the movie Cry Freedom. I think the movie was more popular among all of us because of the drama that was put into play and the memorable quotes and scenes played by the actors.
Lacey made an interesting point when talking about the movie. She reflected on how Donald Woods’ family was easily able to escape from South Africa at the end of the movie when all the black South Africans would have had intense repercussions if they ever tried to leave the country. When Steve Biko attempted to escape, he was beaten to death, which in turn just signifies how different the black South Africans lived than the white South Africans. I thought it was amazing to listen to everyone’s comments on what they felt about the movie because of how much I enjoyed watching it.
During class, we also were able to video chat with Tamarin for her to answer any of the questions that we had on our service projects. She mentioned that anyone who was working on a garden would need to research how to avoid snails from getting into the gardens and ruining the produce. Aubrie and I asked her about how to create the most sustainable structure and we will be continuing our conversation on how to incorporate cement and other durable materials to be able to withstand the weather conditions.
We also took our first geography quiz of Africa, South America, the Middle East, Asia, and Europe. I found that I was able to memorize most of the countries that we were tested on in Africa, but when it came to Europe I was clueless. I thought that I wouldn’t need to study Europe as much as Africa, but I clearly was wrong when I saw my quiz results. After taking the geography quiz, my original thoughts on not knowing where anything is in the world were proven true because even by looking at the maps for a little while, I still was clueless as to where places were located, especially the countries that are extremely small and close together. I now know that I can confidently point out South Africa, Egypt, Chile, Spain, Italy, and China, which does not say much on how I can retain geographical locations!!