Gran Torino

Gran Torino is a 2008 American drama film directed and produced by Clint Eastwood, who also starred in the film. The film follows the story of Walt Kowalski, a recently widowed Korean war veteran alienated from his family and is angry at the world. Walt’s young neighbor, Thao Vang Lor, is pressured by his cousin into stealing Walt’s prized 1972 Ford Gran Torino for his initiation into a gang. Waltz thwarts the theft with his M1 Garand rifle and subsequently develops a relationship with the boy and his family.

Thao Vang Lor and his family are of Hmong people. In the film, the Hmong people was not properly portrayed as they should have been in my opinion. The Hmong people were portrayed with their traditional characteristics, but still the features are full of stereotypes and misleading. They are depicted as people who are unable to care for and protect themselves. In the film, the Hmong people turns against their own culture, a gang raping their own cousin and another cousin is getting beaten up for not joining the gang, which is very messed up and disturbing. Overall, the film offers Hmong Americans a chance of recognitions, but it did not portray the people properly.







Guyana is a country located in the northern South America bordering the North Atlantic Ocean between Suriname and Venezuela. The country is often considered part of the Caribbean region because of its strong cultural, historical and political ties with other Anglo-Caribbean (refers to British West Indies) countries and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). Guyana was originally a Dutch colony in the 17th century before coming under the British control in 1815. In 1966, the country achieved independence from the UK and has since then been ruled mostly by socialist-oriented governments.

English is the official language in Guyana and is the only South American country with English as the official language. An English-based creole with slightly African and East Indian influence, known as Guyanese Creole, is widely used in the country and the vast majority of the population speaks this language as their native tongue. The language is similar to other English dialects of the Caribbean region, based on the 19th century English, with loans from African, East Indian, and older Dutch languages. Words and phrases are very elastic, and new ones can be made up, changed or evolve in a short of period like any other Caribbean languages.

Eustace Edward Ricardo Braithwaite (E. R. Braithwaite) was a Guyanese-born British-American novelist, writer, teacher, and diplomat, best known for his stories of social conditions and racial discrimination against black people. To sir, With Love is an autobiographical novel written by him and the set is in the East End of London. The novel was published in 1959 and is based on true events concerned with Braithwaite taking up a teaching post in a school there. The novel tells the story of a dedicated teacher in a tough London school who slowly and painfully breaks down the barriers of racial prejudice that are not new to any black people alive. He has to overcome many hardships in his daily life to turn hate into love, teenage rebelliousness into self-respect, contempt into consideration for others. The teacher’s integrity – his concern and love for others made him overcome it all.

South America’s second poorest nation is about to get very rich – but will the properity be shared?

Guyana, a country of around 750 000 people, has never had an oil industry. But a series of recent discoveries in the the country’s waters has revealed billions of barrels of oil beneath the ocean. The oil found is enough to catapult Guyana to the top of the continent’s rich list. Next year, the oil is due to start flowing and the major new industry could help solve two of Guyana’s big problems – high youth employment and the emigration of most of its graduates. But as Guyanese prepare for the future in oil and dream of lives transformed, some fear that the so-called oil curse will corrupt elite squander and steal the country’s newfound wealth.

Comparison of The Kite Runner and The Reluctant Fundamentalist

It is hard to compare these two movies where they are not alike. Still, there are some similarities. The obvious similarity is the main focus on multiculturalism. Both the main characters move to the US from neighboring countries, Afghanistan and Pakistan. In The Kite Runner, Amir and his father Baba even pass through Pakistan on their journey to the US.

I found it quite hard to keep up with The Reluctant Fundamentalist due to the movie having no subtitles. A lot of things were happening all the time in the movie, and it was hard to keep up with the movie where there were no subtitles. I was confused many times and I didn’t understand much of the plot, not only because there were no subtitles but also because I have not read the book.

I also found The Reluctant Fundamentalist gloomier and darker compared to The Kite Runner, which made the movie very depressing. Even the darkest and saddest scene in The Kite Runner cannot be compared to the overall mood in The Reluctant Fundamentalist. It was quite a gloomy movie.

The movies weren’t as similar as I thought they would have been. I found it much more easier to keep up with The Kite Runner than The Reluctant Fundamentalist. If there were subtitles in The Reluctant Fundamentalist, maybe it would have been easier to keep up with the movie. Still, they were both good movies.


Killed for speaking the truth

Over 30 journalists have been murdered so far this year. Journalists are killed because they are speaking the truth. One of them was Musa Abdul Kareem. He was abducted by unknown assailants and later found shot dead with signs of torture. Musa Adbul Kareem was a photographer and editor for the Libyan newspaper Fasanea.

Salima Bin Nozha, Fasanea’s editor-in-chief told the newspaper The Gurdian, that Musa Abdul Kareem was a loving person. He has been raising money to support people on low income and those in desperate need of help. If people needed help with anything, he was there. Why did such a loving person get killed for doing his job? The job of a journalist is very important to bring awareness of what is happening in the world. People need to be aware of what is happening in the world and try to do something about the problems occurring in some part of the world. Instead of getting killed for doing their job they should instead be praised.

In Libya, people don’t have the freedom of speech. It is very dangerous to be a journalist there. The death of Musa Abdul Kareem still came as a huge shock to the newspaper, and they are still continuing to report because they feel that it is their duty to show what is happening in Libya. I think it is very brave of the newspaper for still continuing their job to raise awareness despite what happened to one of their journalists. The world need to see what is really happening and not from what they are hearing.




The Kite Runner – Characters

So far, The Kite Runner is a very interesting book to read. I personally think it is very well written and the story of the book is really good. I also have been introduced to many characters in the book.

One of the most important character in the book is Amir. He is the narrator and the protagonist of the story. We get to read the story from his point of view. Amir is a privileged boy due to his father being wealthy. He is also overconfident and teases his servant and also his only friend, Hassan, a lot. Amir seems to be intelligent and gifted.

Hassan is another important character in the story.  He is Amir’s servant and also his closest friend. Hassan is selfless and brave, and he is also kind and loyal to Amir. Hassan and Amir have two different ethnic backgrounds. Hassan is Hazara, the people who are seen as lower ranked in the society.  However, Amir is Pashtun, the people who have a higher rank in the society.

Amir’s father, who is referred to Baba in the story, is a wealthy and well-respected businessman. Baba is strong and courageous and is a man with morals. Baba acts with self-assurance and bravery. When it is necessary, he is willing to risk his life for what he believes in.

Ali is Hassan’s father. He is also a servant of Amir and Baba. Ali is also a Hazara. He works diligently as a servant and is a kind man. Ali loves Hassan deeply even though he rarely expresses his emotions.

«Brick Lane»

“Brick Lane” was directed by Sarah Gavron and came out in 2007. It was originally adapted from the same book of the same name by the British writer Monica Ali, which was published in 2003.

The movie “Brick Lane” tells the story of Nazneen, who grew up in Bangladesh. At the age of 17, she had an arranged marriage to a man twice her age. She leaves behind her younger sister and moves to Brick Lane in London with her husband. Despite being married to a man she does not love, together they have two sophisticated daughters. Nazneen is not working, and looks mostly after her family and the flat they live in. Her husband resigns from work after losing his promotion and took loans from an unreliable and demanding lender. This leads to Nazneen starting to work as a seamstress to earn money to pay back the lender. Due to her husband’s beliefs, he did not approve of her work. He thought it was his job to provide the family, not her. Here we see the difference between what Nazneen’s husband believe is right and what the culture of Britain prefers, which is that women in Britain is a part of the working force. Nazneen’s marriage to her husband is without her content, and she just obediently followed her fathers’ orders to marry her husband. Her marriage to a man she does not love, leads her to struggle in her daily life to keep her husband happy. Deep in her heart, she is actually unhappy in their marriage. This is a cultural difference, where arranged marriage is common in Bangladeshi culture and not so common in British culture.

While working as a seamstress at home, Nazneen meets a young man who gives her supplies for clothes she had to sew. She eventually fell in love with this young man and has an affair with him behind her husband’s back. The movie also follows the 9/11 attack on the twin towers in the US, carried out by the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaida. It reflects on the heightened racial tensions in Britain afterwards. The young man Nazneen are having an affair with, starts a community group with other prominent people of the Brick Lane community. They were having meetings and the group were based on ideas of fraternity and unity. The group were also made to protect and respond to threats against them after the 9/11 attack on the twin towers. This is also tied to cultural challenges, where racial tensions between the community of Britain and the community groups that were made, leaded to the rise of extremist groups. These groups were often small and in order to make themselves seen and heard, the only resort is to violence.

International Day at Fagerlia

Last week the school participated in «International Day», where we met and participated in activities that raises awareness of problems around the world. We got to learn what solidarity means, and attended lectures informing us about why this year’s project is devoted to Palestinian youth. We got the opportunity to meet people involved in solidarity work one way or another and people acquainted with Middle East who are from there or have studied there. We also met refugees from different areas around the world.

«International Day» was a fun and interesting day. Me and my friends met different people and listened to their lectures. We got informed about different things happening in their country and the refugee’s journey to Norway. We got informed about their experiences and adaption to the Norwegian lifestyle. The lectures were very informative and entertaining, and me and my friends had a fun day last week.