City of God
Watch the movie “City of God” and write an analysis paper.
This Brazilian movie is a strong and honest about urban issues in a developing nation. This particular one was received very well and the director has since made a
several Hollywood movies like “Constant Gardner”. The following planning issues are in the movie:
1) Global city
2) Urban slum and physical environment
3) Urban crime and youth gang
4) Lack of social and economic mobility
5) Government, public housing
6) Social network
7) Importance of education
these are the issues that has to be discussed. please Do Not summarize the paper. Please Do Not plagiarize. I will attach files that has more instructions please read
them and follow them carefully.
This is a link of an article related to the film, please refer it to the paper.
I will attach two files that have more instructions please read them and follow them carefully. This is my final paper for the class. So please make sure you follow
the topic instructions.
The film “Maria Full of Grace” contained many aspects related to global planning issues in areas such as neighborhoods and cities, personal space, and
immigration. The film demonstrated the effects of social networking in urban environments and the effects it has on personal space. Survival in urban space such as in
cities and neighborhoods is revealed within the film along with the importance of recognizable space. As depicted in the film, immigration and social support can be
closely related in terms of a family support network. This essay will discuss these global planning issues with relation to the film and in relation to Sharon Zukin’s
article “Whose Culture? Whose City”.
The effects of social networking in urban environments for young adults, like the ones seen in the film, can have negative results attributed to them,
especially in urban neighborhoods. As seen in the film, young adults would go out to neighborhood hangouts, like a bar or club, to meet people and dance. Such
activities can be fun but also be misleading. As seen in the movie, the two young ladies, Maria and Blanca, went to a club just to dance and hangout. They happen to
meet some guys who appear to be harmless and a friendship arises. As the friends begin to see each other more often they begin to learn more about one another. This is
where misleading networking plays a role. One of the guys met at the bar happens to have associates within a drug ring and is tied to drug smuggling. Soon after, Maria
and Blanca become smugglers for their new friends associates. Had the two girls not tried to network with others at the bar they might have evaded this ultimate
outcome. Therefore, the negative effect of social networking in these kinds environments is that people may seem to be one thing but are something quite different. In
areas where drug trade is openly visible and common, like the setting in Columbia, social networking can be dangerous. This danger can also be associated in context
with control of the urban cities.
The danger associated to urban cities is the means of one’s sacrifices for survival. In deprived cities, like the one in the film, money is the most admired
commodity. In areas where plantations and industries thrive, workers and laborers certainly do not share the profits attained by these businesses. Workers wages do not
meet the bar for providing for their family and ones own personal needs therefore the danger of the drug trade looms. Drug distribution is highly recognized and sought
after due to the large amount of money associated with it. Some dwellers in areas of drug trade, in urban neighborhoods and cities, often make the sacrifice of working
in the drug trade to support their needs and the needs of their family. The money comes easy and fast and there is plenty of it to go around. However, the drug trade
is a risky enterprise to partake in and is the ultimate sacrifice of personal space, in terms of smuggling drugs across borders. Drug rings look to control these
environments and the people that inhabit them. As Sharon Zukin stated in her article “Whose Culture? Whose City?”, culture is a powerful means of controlling cities.
She goes on to acknowledge, “Controlling the various cultures of cities suggest the possibility of controlling all sorts of urban ills, from violence and hate crime to
economic decline.” (Zukin, 1995). She attributes these statements to corporate companies forces within public space in New York. These statements are closely related,
however, to the forces of drug cartels and organizations in deprived cities like the one seen in the film.
The film enveloped an appreciation for a family support network. In doing so, the film used instances pertaining to immigration and social conflicts. The need
for a strong family support network is the forefront for survival in urban environments and in deprived areas of living. Maria, in the film, had a duty to help pitch
in money and time in supporting her family, especially her sister’s child. Maria felt that she was not responsible for supporting her sister’s child but she did
because her family depended on her doing so. This goes for everyone in that environment whether in urban environment in Columbia or rural cities in the United States.
A strong family support network is relied on heavily in the trust of the family and members associated with the family. In the movie, as Maria and Blanca ran from the
drug collectors they relied on their friends family for support. Whether running from drug lords or not, knowing people in different parts of the world can be helpful
when support is needed especially when considering migrating to new environments. This instance of family support helped the two ladies get back on their feet and
allowed them a safe place to sleep and think. Having this support network was essential to their survival in a new and unfamiliar environment.
The film “Maria Full of Grace” was extremely beneficial in understanding global planning issues in neighborhoods and cities, personal space, and immigration. The
effects of social networking in areas that are deprived are depicted well within the film as it relates to personal space. Survival is a major entity as well. The film
revealed the importance of recognizable space and the dangers associated with the sacrifices people make in order to survive. Finally, the film demonstrated the
importance of a family social network as it relates to immigration and the need for one when someone travels to new areas.
Zukin, S. (1995). Whose culture? whose city?. The Cultures of Cities, Retrieved from
https://myasucourses.asu.edu/@@/71090EA561F0DD90E4EC5357C8496467/courses/1/2012Fall-T-PUP200-73239/content/_6842431_1/Whose Culture Whose City.pdf
Paper #1 Due: 10-01-13 in class and in Safe Assign Box. Please write 3-4 pages of analysis on any ONE film that we have watched in class. NO SUMMARY of the film is
needed (or wanted). We want your analysis of the film on issues relating to planning, design, environment, culture, and/or society. Be sure to write a very succinct
paper with intro, body, and conclusion. Spend time checking grammar, punctuation, run-on sentences, incomplete sentences, and spelling (see writing guidelines document
in “course documents”). Please put your name on the paper and staple it. Here’s a paper structure hint that you may find helpful:
1. Think of a position on a major planning or related issue you would like to analyze for the movie.
2. Think of 2-4 statements that support your position.
3. In your intro paragraph, clearly state your position (identified in #1) and briefly mention your supporting statements (#2).
4. Each paragraph after your intro should be dedicated to explaining ONE of your supporting statements. You may use specific examples from the movie to provide further
support and evidence.
5. Write a concluding paragraph that essentially wraps up your position, and ideally provides sheds sort of new light based on the arguments provided in the body of
Email the TAs with any questions.
When evaluating your papers, the following rules will apply:
1) Grammatical and structural integrity
(run-on sentences, tense, s-v agreement, etc.): 20%
2) Discussion of the movies (not copying from other
reviews or internet sources; no summary of movies)
using the discussion points under course documents
(including planning concerns, if applicable): 65%
3) Incorporation of the readings into your analysis: 15%
Helpful Hints for Papers
It is better to be prepared. Make sure you start thinking about the movie you would like to write about. Each paper will be a 3-4 page, double-spaced, 12 pt. font
paper analyzing any ONE film that we have watched in class. We want your analysis of the film on issues relating to planning, design, environment, culture, and/or
society. On Blackboard, a list of issues is listed for each film. You can also look at the guidelines for this paper under the “Assignments” tab and see example papers
posted on Blackboard.
If you want, you can send your paper (7-10 days before due date) to be reviewed by a TA.
Remember each paper is worth 1/4 of your grade (including attendance). Here are some DOs and DON’Ts to help you get a good grade, these are also listed on the Course
Information tab on Blackboard, along with writing guidelines. We will hold your papers up to these standards.
WRITE a paper with a clear structure, that has an introduction, body and conclusion.
THINK critically about the issues portrayed in the movies and read the supporting articles on Blackboard to get a better grip on issues.
CHECK the guidelines and the example papers posted on Blackboard’s Course Information tab to have a better idea of what a good paper looks like.
CITE your sources if you chose to use other information – Otherwise it will be considered as plagiarism
BECOME FAMILIAR with the term “Urban Planning” if you need to.
USE proper language, grammar and punctuation, if you are unsure about your writing skills use the resources available at ASU, such as the Writing Center.
PROOF-READ and use spell check.
CONTACT us with any questions or concerns.
DON’T use 1st person or statements that refer to your personal opinion, for example: “I think”, “I believe”, “I noticed”, “In my opinion”, etc. This is an analysis
paper of issues portrayed in the films, NOT your personal opinion of the movie
DON’T use 2nd person statements, for example: “YOU have to”, “When YOU see…” or anything containing the word “YOU” / “YOUR”. These kind of statements make your
papers sound informal and less than academic.
DON’T summarize the films, we’ve all seen them, get straight to the issues analysis part.
DON’T review the films, that is not the purpose of the paper.
DON’T use contractions (he’s, it’s, didn’t, etc.) Spell it out (he is, it is, did not, etc)
DON’T waste your time writing about cinematographic styles or the “planning” of the movie itself. This class is called Urban Planning 200: Cities in Cinema, therefore
any papers addressing these topics will automatically receive a failing grade, since it will be assumed that the student has ignored the guidelines and completely
missed the point of the class itself.
DON’T stretch your papers with unusual letter fonts, spacing or plain rambling. We will discount points for any of these things.
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