“To Live”

This scene occurs towards the end of this movie where Xu Fengxia (the daughter) suffered from Postpartum hemorrhage, where an uncontrollable amount of blood is leaked after birth. I  thought  this scene was very significant because it encapsulated the overall theme of the movie, which is overall about the regrets Chinese citizens had when they discovered the detrimental effects re-education had impacted their lives and others during the Cultural Revolution. The scene where Xu FengXia starts bleeding and the nurses, in a state of shock and panic saying “We’re just students, we don’t know what to do”, clearly displays how  Maoist ideologies, like, getting rid of the educated heavily negatively contributed to the overall wellness of Chinese people.
The mother and father’s facial expression shows tremendous sorrow and guilt which displays their regrets and their realization on the importance of keeping the educated and intellects, like Dr. Wang.  
Zhang Yimou’s utilization of a editing technique called “cutaway” creates a sense of action and heightens the climax of this film. The distinct contrast seen in the two stills above, in a sense, relates to the theme of regrets. Before FengXia suffered from postpartum hemorrhage, her parents were happy that she had given birth to a healthy baby boy. However, right after that, the nurses came running to them, drenched in blood, screaming that they “don’t know what to do,” alludes to the detrimental affects Maoism and  particularly re-education. When the Cultural Revolution began, people were hopeful and excited, however towards the end, many people like the characters in this movie (FengXia and her parents) eventually discovered how Maoism and specifically re-education had strongly negatively impacted their lives and future.

Propaganda Poster

The purpose of my propaganda poster is to persuade the people of Beijing of all ages to adopt a “better” lifestyle by recycling, driving battery-powered cars, replacing energy with solar panels, eating organic goods and biking, in order to help prevent climate change from happening in the future. I decided to make a propaganda poster about the subject of climate change and the future of Beijing, because climate change is currently a very important topic and I think the majority of the people in Beijing’s current lifestyle of smoking, over-use of cars, burning coal etc is contributing to climate change and pollution. I purposefully made the photo on the left black and white because I wanted it to highlight the picture on the right due to its relation to the purpose of my propaganda. I utilized juxtaposition by placing the two collections of photographs next to each other because I wanted it to contrast with each other and highlight the picture on the right in a positive light. Overall, I used a scare-tactic in my propaganda poster, by making the audience believe that if they currently smoke, contribute to traffic on the road, burn coal and use plastic, their future will be polluted, dark and negative just like the collection of black and white photos on the left. The slogan of my propaganda poster reads “The future is in your hands…so, pick the future you want!” I chose to make the font bolded to emphasize my point and I colored the word “future” and the phrase “so, pick the future you want” in green because it’s similar to the colored-picture and green symbolizes happiness and positivity. Lastly, the photo of me in the middle pointing at the picture on the right is to convince my audience (people from Beijing) to pick the “green lifestyle” to prevent climate change.