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April Discussion Calls

Call 1

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Dances With Wolves

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In the Civil War, Lt. John Dunbar tries to commit suicide by desertion rather than lose his leg. In doing so, he leads Union troops to a victory making him a hero earning him health care and his horse Cisco. He requests a post on the western frontier, which he finds deserted. He soon finds out he is not alone, but meets a wolf he dubs "Two-socks" and the Lakota Indian tribe. Dunbar quickly makes friends with the tribe, and discovers a white woman who was raised by the Indians. He gradually earns the respect of these native people, and sheds his white-man's ways, defending the tribe from white soldiers.

Animal Care During The Movie

Extraordinary care was taken to make sure animals were not harmed. Go this link to learn all the details, which I recommend doing before watching the movie. 

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  • Is John Dunbar highly sensitive?
  • What matters to John Dunbar and what guides his actions?
  • What is the difference in attitude between the tribe and the whites about animals?
  • What kind of social space does John Dunbar create around him?
  • How is the tribe governed? What kind of relationship is there between elders and other tribe members?
  • John Dunbar found harmony in being in the tribe. How do they create cohesion and harmony?
  • What are the tribe practices that create the spirit of the tribe?
  • What difference did John Dunbar find in the reason that the tribe fought vs. the the reason whites fought?
  • John Dunbar was told that the most important trail is the trail of a true human being? What does that mean, is it true and what do you think of that?
  • Describe the differences in emotional intelligence between the tribe people and the whites?
  • How do the tribe and Army differ in how they perceive and handle vulnerability?

Because this is a movie about army/Native American conflict there is some violence but it is not absurdly gory.

There is none of the gory violence of modern entertainment in this movie; rather it offers very mild violence with very indirect imagery:

  1. 34:00 -35.20 a killing
  2. 1:06:45 - 1:07:45 Indian massacre of white family
  3. 1:28:51 -  1:34:00 buffalo hunt (see notes)
  4. 2:05:00 - 2:08:00 Attack on Sioux by another tribe
  5. 2:24:40 - 2:25:16 Horse killed
  6. 2:28:58 - 2:29:40 Beating of John Dunbar by soldiers
  7. 2:35:49 - 2:37:00 Wolf Two Socks killed
  8. 2:39:55 - 2:42:55 Massacre of soldiers

Dances With Wolves Discussion Call

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Call 2

Good Morning Vietnam

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Radio funny man Adrian Cronauer (Robin Williams) is sent to Vietnam to bring a little comedy back into the lives of the soldiers. After setting up shop, Cronauer delights the G.I.s but shocks his superior officer, Sergeant Major Dickerson (J.T. Walsh), with his irreverent take on the war. While Dickerson attempts to censor Cronauer's broadcasts, Cronauer pursues a relationship with a Vietnamese girl named Trinh (Chintara Sukapatana), who shows him the horrors of war first-hand.

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Good Morning Vietnam Discussion Call

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