Blog 4: Point of View & Attachment of Meaning, “The Sins of My Father (aka. Cartel)” Cross-Post

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In reference to the movie we watched this week, Sins of My Father, pick a victim’s point-of-view (POV) regarding the film, and address the attachment of meanings per this film for the chosen victim. Remember, there are many different kinds of victim’s portrayed in the film and pertaining to the issue of drug cartel terrorism.

Think beyond the main characters or the obvious, especially if they are already taken. Police, community, media, family members, financial institutions, film-makers, global institutions…

Then, in reference to Global Communication, Chapter 9 “Frames of Reference,” use the theoretical argument about attachment of meanings (essentially the whole chapter) as your contextual framework for your brief, yet concise, discussion of the film, the victim and meanings associated within this mix. (The mix: communication theory, issue, victim and meaning.)

First come, first-served. I would prefer you all to choose different victims and different aspects of meaning related to the film’s communication efforts regarding drug-cartel terrorism. You can even pull in links to current mediated stories as this is an ongoing issue.

Take time to research your POV and how you will comment touching on all three aspects of this comment. Your communication counts too!

My Response

Sins of My Father illustrates the direct narrative documentary film style. The family provided archival photographs and footage to document the outrageous life of Pablo Escobar. This point of view is seen through the Colombian kingpin’s son, Juan Pablo; who changed his name to Sebastian Marroquin. Using the direct narrative, Marroquin connects with the audience showing his values and beliefs are separate from his father and his past. Others are interviewed but his point of view is the most interesting and powerful.

What puts the power in his story is his wanting or needing forgiveness for his father’s sins. The south American culture follows the patriarchal social system where men have the greatest authority. Instead of following in his father’s footsteps, he has been an instrument of peace. Marroquin reached out to the son’s of two men that his father ordered assassinations of; former Justice Minister Rodrigo Lara Bonilla and presidential candidate Luis Carlos Galan.

Beside these men, many unnamed victims gave up their lives by just being in the wrong place at the wrong time. According to Time, Escobar cost Colombia the lives of an Attorney General, a Justice Minister, three presidential candidates, more than 200 judges, 30 kidnapping victims, dozens of journalists and perhaps 1,000 police officers (Retrieved from “Tales of the Drug Lord’s Son”, TIME. Retrieved on March 9, 2014).

I believe the Colombian Society as a whole is victim of Escobar. When he entered politics and was challenged by honest men, he killed them. It was believed he had influenced a constitutional change to fit his needs. But the biggest influence was on the poor. He worked hard to cultivate his Robin Hood image, and frequently distributed money to the poor through housing projects and other civic activities, built sports arena, hospitals, schools and churches (Retrieved from Pablo Escobar on Wikipedia on March 16, 2014). This brought Escobar “Hero Worship” from the poor and their protection of him. Escobar brought unsurpassed violence and a government that could be bought. Even though Escobar helped the people of Columbia, his legacy is rooted using and abusing his power that made him one of the richest men in the world. Unfortunately, the average Columbian’s frame of reference of Escobar is that of a man that supported the people.

Posted on August 11, 2014, in Digital Media, Film Discussion, Global Issues in a Digital Society, UHCL, Word Press. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

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