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6 Times Redfern Now Showed Us Power Is In The People

These are 6 different times Redfern now showed us power is in the people.

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1. A person’s beliefs are stronger than rules

1. A person’s beliefs are stronger than rules

The scene of Joel surrounded by his peers shows us people’s beliefs overpower rules and peer pressure. Although being surrounded by his classmates who sing the Anthem, Joel realises that the Anthem is not him. He doesn’t see himself or the way he views Australia in the lyrics of the Anthem. The mid shot used shows this very well, by seeing Joel look down slightly disappointed and hurt as the others look towards the flag. The panning shot used shows us the number of students singing the Anthem, the huge number would only make it harder for Joel. This shows he is quite strong as he goes against everyone around him.

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2. Two are stronger than one

2. Two are stronger than one

Here Joel’s father is telling him he doesn’t have to stand for the song, even if he gets into trouble. After giving in to singing the Anthem the next day in order to not disappoint his parents, Joel’s father gives him a pep talk to continue to do what he feels is right. The close up shot used shows Joel’s father does care and helps to give the point across of what he feels about the Anthem. He says “That’s not our song. It doesn’t belong to us” to truly give his point across. This proves that having someone behind you makes you stronger.

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3. Multicultural

3. Multicultural

Joel’s Mother and Father and himself have been called into Mrs. Macann’s office for not singing the Anthem. During the time in the office Joel’s father talks about multiculturalism within the school and how he shouldn’t be in trouble for doing what he believes. Because of speech Joel’s father gives Mrs. Macann and Mr. Parrish think differently of the situation which is evident by their facial expression.

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4. The word is out there

4. The word is out there

After being expelled from school, Joel and his parents take the problem in to their own hands. Joel’s parents send him to school knowing he would be taken out of the school. After being taken out of the front doors of the school a newspaper photographer is waiting. The next day Joel, Mrs. Macann and the security are of the front cover of the newspaper with the words ‘Aboriginal Youth Expelled Over National Anthem’.

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5. Power of the people

5. Power of the people

After Joel, has been expelled from school some of his peers follow in his footsteps and courage. During the National Anthem the next day, many of Joel’s peers don’t stand for the Anthem. It is in this moment that Mrs. Macann’s power falters after many of her students rise up against her. In this shot you can see the number of students who are standing up to the rules. You can also see how Mrs. Macann’s words influence them to give in just like how they did to Joel, but they don’t give in. Even after Mrs. Macann’s words they still stand up with their parents behind them.

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6. It Doesn’t feel right

6. It Doesn’t feel right

This scene is a prime example of different perspectives. Joel’s Father is all for Joel not standing up for the Anthem as it isn’t him it’s not his song. Joel’s mother cares for him, wants him to be in the good school and sing the Anthem, While Joel is in the middle. He wants to be in the good school but also not sing the Anthem. In this moment Joel shows courage by going with what he believes in and not the power his mum has over him.