Rebirth of a Nation and Dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y

In Rebirth of a Nation, creator DJ Spooky remixes the original film The Birth of a Nation (1915) by D.W Griffith. The original film is highly controversial. The original film was set during and after the American Civil War and dealt with an unfortunate positive form of white supremacy and the Ku Klux Klan. By remixing the film’s music and using different film techniques, it allows the original film to be criticized in a moral standpoint by creating parallels of the socio-political and economical conflicts in the United States in the original film’s era. It combines contemporary film, music, and art.

Dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y, Johan Grimonprez shows the history of airplane hijackings portrayed on mainstream television. The film is filled with archival footage, such as reports, clips from science fiction movies, found footage, and home video. This film was made before the September 11 terrorist attacks. The media coverage of the terrorist attacks within the film produce a shock within society. The terrorist attacks in the 1960s-1970s differed from the 1990s because the earlier ones were perceived by the media as revolutionaries but in the 1990s, they only showed bombs not the actual terrorists. By the end of the film, the more hijacks were shown on television, the deadlier the hijacks became. The media gives the terrorists a political platform when they commit the hijacks and they are recorded on television.

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