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WHY IS FILM LITERACY IMPORTANT?

To be literate today means to be as familiar with images on a screen as with text in a book.

Media literacy is a much discussed notion since the eighties and has become more important than ever today. Our youth grow up in an environment where they come into close contact with moving images on multi-media platforms before they learn to read and write.

The ever-accelerating progress of new technologies shapes popular culture, and film has often been seen as the most important and certainly one of the most popular media of the 20th century. Despite unprecedented changes of the digital 21st century, cinema is still a pivotal force of today's entertainment. It follows that to participate fully in our society and culture, we must learn to be confident in the use and comprehension of moving images as of the linguistic world.

Film undeniably inspires, mirrors and informs, but it could also dissuade, distort and deceive. The proposition is simple: film is a powerful educational tool; an ability to appreciate and analyse film is an empowering skill that is increasingly important for young people. Film literacy is thus increasingly essential in the education of our young generation.