In antiquity, it was an important city. It had long been a vital caravan stop for travellers crossing the Syrian desert and was known as the Bride of the Desert. Was a trading city in the extensive trade network that linked Mesopotamia and northern Syria. Tadmor is mentioned in the Hebrew Bible as a desert city built (or fortified) by the King Solomon. #Palmyra #Tadmor #Syria
What have you learned about another country by watching a movie?
Movies are part of the recent technologies that have improved our general knowledge about the world. I believe the first generation that started to enjoy movies was my parent’s. The absolute first movie was silent that progressed into black and white and since then we have come a tremendous long way. Overall, I strongly state that movies today can take your mind places in the world you never thought you would experience.
Firstly I want to say that I didn’t grow up watching too many movies. Actually, my father prohibited me to watch movies during school semester (year), because they were seen as pure entertainment and not really a source of knowledge. Growing up I strongly developed a liking towards them and discovered that they range in diversity. Movies differ strongly depending what country they are made in.
For instance, a movie I recently saw called “The girl with the dragon tattoo” took place in Sweden. Besides the strong message of the plot it portrayed Swedish nature and gave me a sense of its culture.
The movie is a thriller portraying a sexually assaulted woman. This strong message implies that Sweden is a very liberal country, because it reflects an issue in our society that not many other countries are unwilling to discuss. Furthermore, the movie had no limits in showing strong images of rape and intimate scenes which also confirms the previous statement.
On a lighter note, the Swedish landscape as a backdrop was striking by beautiful views surrounding water. There were neither a shortage of parks nor green playgrounds. What strokes me the most is the clean environment shown in the movie. No garbage laying around, straight roads etc. Later I realized that Swedish tax money is well spent on the country and there are huge involvements concerning maintenance of the environment and developments in preventing air pollution and global warming.
The protagonist, a Swedish girl with dark brown hair and dark eyes was definitely not the typical swede I had expected. Yet, even more sticking was that the population consisted of multicultural people. I also learned that the people in Sweden are not aggressive. They rather hold back their opinions than confronting people.
The list of new things I learned about the Swedish culture is endless. In short, a valuable lesion is most definitely learned. Movies are informative but most importantly they abolished all presumptions I once had about a country I knew nothing about.