Music and movies
December 11, 2020
One way that I have been connecting to Argentina – and learning more about my country’s cultural history – is by listening to “rock nacional” (national rock), a movement of rock music that served as a form of resistance against the military dictatorship in the 70’s through to the 90’s. I was glad to hear that other students are using music in a similar way. Meghna Mishra, Grade 11 student from India, had this to say:
“I’ve been listening to a lot more Bollywood songs from some of my favorite movies, and then I also started investigating Indian Classical Music for a music project. I also performed a Hindi song just so that I could feel more connected with India. Performing helped me to feel connected because I was able to connect more with my first language, since I don’t normally sing in Hindi, and the song I performed was also one that I’ve always wanted to sing. In a way, I was connecting with my memories of it, since I’d initially watched the movie when I was younger, in India.”
Many other students mentioned watching movies from their home countries as well – a Swiss student in Grade 8 said that she “watched Swiss movies, and then it felt like I was sat in Switzerland watching TV”. Music and movie culture tends to be quite specific to different places, so watching these movies or listening to our favourite childhood tunes can make us feel like we are back there, like the first time we ever heard them.