Personally, I find it difficult to identify myself as belonging to a specific culture, as I grew up being witness to, and influenced by many. I’ve spent a fair amount of time in Asia, in places such as Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and China. So, when it came to relating to movies in an ethnographic sense, I found that I could not describe my interpretations from one specific standpoint, save maybe Hollywood films.
Interestingly, even though I could be considered well-travelled, I had little to no understanding of cultural context. I’ve grown up consuming typically western media, so I do feel that my thinking falls more along the lines of the western world. I have been grateful for being able to interact with foreign films, it has been as if I am watching great movies starring ‘regular people’ which is an interesting feeling. Of course, I am aware of their fame in their respective countries, but I haven’t been exposed to these actors in my life. I’ve become accustomed to placing the merit or quality of a movie based upon my familiarity with the actors. I feel that it is safe to say that my eyes have been open to a whole new world of expression, be it in the same medium.
It is helpful that I have grown up in multiple countries and as such, I do not see skin tone or race when I look at a person, I don’t perceive someone physically but rather I perceive them based on how they feel to me. Perhaps this is another reason I missed certain cultural contexts, because I focused on the emotions that were portrayed, and thus perceived the film in a more universal sense i.e. the human condition. I perceive the world through energy, through being, which is to say my true nature, I don’t often use my mind to perceive objects or people around me. It is difficult for me to be intellectual in my analysis of culture, hopefully, through this subject, I can learn to balance intellect with my perceptions, I think this will give a much more unique insight, at least personally.
Overall, I think I can say that I have had somewhat of a multicultural experience of this subject and exposure to a whole new style of filmmaking and presentation of ideas. Which suits the way I have grown up. I have concluded that because I have always known there are different ways of looking at the world, that I adjusted easily to the films.