Welcome to the fourth annual InfoSavvy Movie Awards! As usual the credits come from IMDB. Let’s get right to this year’s winners.
For outstanding movie:
The Social Network (2010): Dir. David Fincher; Written by Aaron Sorkin (screenplay) & Ben Mezrich (book); Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake.
Information literacy concerns the whole information ecosystem, and social networking is certainly part of the ecosystem. Though the film is a fictionalized account, it sparks discussions of privacy and copyright as well.
Swades: We the people (2004): Dir. Ashutosh Gowariker; Written by M.G. Sathya, Ashutosh Gowariker, and others; Starring Shah Rukh Khan, Gayatri Joshi, Kishori Balal.
The film’s hero, a NASA scientist, returns to India and becomes part of the life in a remote village. He encourages the villagers to define their own needs, instead of having the government define them. This theme takes Association of College & Research Libraries (2000) Standard 1 in an interesting direction. By the way I know the couple on whom the movie is loosely based.
For noteworthy scene:
Dreamgirls (2006): Dir. Bill Condon; Written by Bill Condon (screenplay) & Tom Eyen (book); Starring Jennifer Hudson, Beyoncé Knowles, Eddie Murphy, Jamie Foxx.
The song “One night only” starts slowly, juxtaposed with a funeral scene. Then the tempo picks up, and the scene shifts to an album launch. Packaged differently the same music and lyrics serve as dirge or party tune. Likewise, information packaged differently can serve different purposes.
The Imitation Game (2014): Dir. Morten Tyldum; Written by Graham Moore & Andrew Hodges (book); Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode.
In the opening voiceover Alan Turing claims that he has power because he has knowledge. Similarly Taylor (2005) notes the power dynamics of information in mystery novels. The Association of College & Research Libraries (2016) Framework addresses issues of information and power.
Association of College & Research Libraries. (2000). Information literacy competency standards for higher education. Chicago, IL: Author.
Association of College & Research Libraries. (2016). Framework for information literacy for higher education.
Retrieved from ACRL website: http://www.ala.org/acrl/standards/ilframework
Taylor, R.H. (2005). “It’s about who controls the information”: Mystery antagonists and information literacy. Clues, 24(1), 7-17. doi: 10.3200/CLUS.24.1.7-17