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According to Graaeme Turner Audiences make films mean they dont merely recognize the meanings already secreted in them Turner 144 Turners idea states that several meanings of a film can be adopted depending on how the audience perceives what they have seen Euzhan Palcys Sugar Cane Alley is a film that is an oppositional reading because it shows a black community that is hard working resourceful and family oriented This reading veers away from the common stereotypes that a preferred reading would show because it stays clear of the meanings produced by dominant ideological systems Turner 145 Meaning that it shows a black community that does not feature people who are unemployed deviant uneducated and lacking family valuesThe people who live in Sugar Cane Alley are extremely hard working The film depicts them as waking up everyday and working in the fields sorting sugar cane It seems that each community member is intensely driven while they are working because they are all trying to keep their community going One scene that truly shows the working spirit of the town occurs after the children have accidentally burned Twelve Toes house down Here Jose is ridiculed for not working because he is literally the only one not sorting the cane This shows that each member of the community is expected to do their fair share of work Although the laborers are often dehumanized and not paid their fair share they continue to work hard so that they can support their families and the community The view of the community in the above example is oppositional because it stays away from the stereotype that black communities are characterized by lazy unemployed citizens Another way that the film represents an oppositional reading is its portrayal of how the people are resourceful The resourcefulness of the town is shown by each persons caring spirit and respect for the land The respect for the land is evident because the people value
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