Propaganda: Movies and their Message
What’s a Film Without a Message?
Every film has (or should have) a message.
Then why are some films considered propaganda and not others? Wouldn’t all films be considered some type of propaganda film, promoting one agenda or the other? Or are propaganda films depending on whether or not we’re comfortable with the message they’re giving?
Without having to look too far into history, we can see easy to watch films with messages that may or not be reflecting how most of society was/is thinking at a given time.
Our Society’s Mentality on Film
Let’s take something like The Lion King, for example. Mufasa is the king by default, and everything is prosperous for almost everyone except for those low in the food chain — the lowly hyenas and the exquisitely evil Scar, who as the lesser brother of Mufasa plans to usurp the throne by killing Mufasa and dethroning Simba with the help of the hyenas, who have been promised the best (food) of the kingdom — political lie at its best.
While Scar reigns as king, the kingdom mysteriously ends up in the crapper. Seriously, how did Scar manage to get a drought and finish all of the available food in the kingdom? That’s nature, I guess. By then, all animals, including the lowly hyenas, are starving equally. Gee, thanks, Scar!
By the end of the film, Simba takes back power and balance is reinstated — what that means? There are animals who get the best of the food chain, and the hyenas are left with whatever they had at the very beginning — the scraps of whatever was good.