In recent years, there has been an increasing interest for movies, about history. When we look at this years’ Academy Award nominations we see movies such as: Lincoln, Django Unchained, Argo, Zero Dark Thirty and Les Miserables. All these movies have different perspectives on events that happened in the past, and reflect the facts from their own perspectives.
Because they are all produced as a form of art and not sheer documentaries, right to criticize them; however, the movie producers should not forget the fact that their audiences negotiate the things they already know with what they see in the movies. Nowadays they think that what movies reflect is the only truth and there is no need to question the reliability of those facts. For example in the movie Lincoln there were no African-American characters that depicted as active participants during the process of passing the Amendment. This was one of the significant errors in the plot which wasn’t recognized and questioned by people because of the common belief.
Media shapes how we think and how we see the world; movies about history, however much they are interesting and popular, reflect the past in their own perspectives and cause a dilemma in peoples’ minds.