Tama tu- what grade would i get

While waiting for night to fall, six Maori Battalion men are tented out amid some Italian ruins. In the stillness, the comrades crack jokes among themselves. After being awakened by a tohu (sign), they assemble and say a karakia before rejoining the battle. “Young men with a special bond, bolstered by their character, culture, and one other,” the filmmaker Taika Waititi said of the soldiers. Tama T, a movie that was filmed among the remains of the former Wellington Hospital, won praise from all around the world. It got honourable mentions at Sundance and Berlin and invitations to more than 40 international festivals.

I would recommend this story to other year twelve students because this film is about a battalion of Maori men that are from New zealand. Taika Waititi states this film is not about war, it is about the vitality of life,Which means we have to keep strong when we come across problems that occur in life. It also shows how us humans see happiness and joy in life no matter how big a problem that’s occurring. He wanted to capture the darkest moments of life, But there are moments where people try find the light in their situation seeking the joy in everything no matter what is going on around them, Which relates to other year twelve students as some year twelve students go through dark moments in life and battle their way through it and seek happiness. The men have a special bond with each other by character building and their culture. They act as if they are brothers always being there for each other like most year twelve students are towards each other when they form a close bond through similarities.

Another reason this could be a good recommendation for year twelve students is because the main message in the story is to celebrate and bring a positive message to the Maori battalion troops and what they went through to win world war two, year twelve students could relate to this because their ancestors participated in the war. This film starts off being silent with the men scurrying around to hide and keep sheltered with the sounds of gunshots in the background.

The fact that this snippet is based on the Second World War in Italy and depicts the darkness that the troops experienced during that conflict may be of interest to year twelve students. It may also shed light on what the students’ grandparents experienced if they took part in the conflict. The twenty-eight battalions that were lost in the battle and those that survived are both honoured in this short film. We are currently promoting a movie that was created in New Zealand in their honour.

Overall i would recommend this to other year twelve students because its a harmwarming film that could touch the hearts of fellow students, whose ancestors were in the war, It shows the pure fear the soldiers went through but how these soldiers formed a bond and tried to distract themselves by making jokes and lightening up the mood in such dark times.

Kia ora 12345

There is a good sense of personal engagement here but some parts need to be teased out a little more to be convincing or perceptive - this is often about being a bit more explicit.

Eg even in the line - I would recommend this story to other year twelve students because this film is about a battalion of Maori men that are from New zealand - unpack this - why is this relevant to Year twelve students particularly who have not fought in a war - what could it make them consider or reflect on? Further into same paragraph - “they act as if they are brothers” - give some specifics - what specific actions do we see on camera that might give us this idea? And then in your link to students be specific too - Is that same brotherhood shown in any specific areas of Year twelves? give an example of where.

Next part - again give some more specifics - HOW does it give a positive message? What key moments or shots in the film can help us understand this - then consider WHY students might benefit from knowing more about grandparents or ancestors involvement in the war - you might want to consider these questions - What is the average Y12 student in our society likely to already know? what new insights might they gain from engaging with this text? How might these new insights benefit them more widely? What is the significance of this?

Keep at it - this is one of those standards in which the students do tend to make massive improvements just from ruminating on it a bit longer and really unpacking each idea with lots of examples.

Hope that hekps :slight_smile: