Literary geographies: an opportunity to improve children’s outdoor experiences through media , a review on representation of outdoor spaces in Iranian films

Authors: Mina Rezaei*, UCDavis
Topics: Urban and Regional Planning, Cultural Geography, Applied Geography
Keywords: Outdoor space, Children, Films, Lost, Literary geographies
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 5:00 PM / 6:40 PM
Room: Congressional B, Omni, West
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Literary geography emerged in the realm of geography by the epistemological and theoretical turns in the fields of human and cultural geographies. Texts, or other forms of media which focus on place, space or any other related terms can be included in literary geographies. Films, can be a medium for geographers to convey geographical phenomenon to different groups of people. For instance, children can improve their spatial knowledge while watching a film and entertained, so they can have better spatial experiences which is critical for their character development. This essay aims to find out how outdoor spaces are portrayed in films for children or about children, and how films can improve children’s experiences in these spaces. In this essay, outdoor space is reviewed in two contexts: urban and rural. Method for this research is visual interpretive research. Two film are reviewed based on the two contexts . First, “Golnar”(1988) which is about Golnar, a 10 year old girl who lives in a village with her grandparents. She got lost in a forest and trapped in a bears house but finally survives by the help of her friends. Second, “The mirror”(1997) which is about Mina, a first-grader girl, who finds out that her mother has failed to pick her up from school. The movie is about her efforts to find her way home amidst the noise, confusion and chaos of Tehran. She meets lots of people who barely can help her to find her home.

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