The Intercultural Conflicts Reflected In The Movie Babel

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The intercultural conflicts reflected in the movie BabelAbstract: The movie Babel released in 2006 tells a story in which a gun caused a series of happenings in different countries. Babel's theme is profound and full of multiple meanings. Analyzed from the perspective of intercultural conflicts reflected in the movie, this essay reveals the underlying reasons and causes and makes the conclusion that today's world is filled with barriers on language, mind, and cultural assumption, but we can overcome them by showing humanity and empathy.Key words: babel, barriers and intercultural conflictsIntroductionThe tower of babel is a story told in the Book of Genesis of the Bible. According to the story, a united humanity of the generations, speaking a single language and migrating from the east, came to the land of Shinar, where they resolved to build a city with a tower whose top may reach unto heaven. But God scattered them upon the face of the Earth, and confused their languages, so that they would not be able to return to each other, and they left off building the tower, which was called Babel "because God there confounded the language of all the Earth". [1] This is the story about Babel which is also the name of an international drama film, portraying multiple stories taking place in Morocco, Japan, Mexico and USA. After watching this informative and thought-provoking movie, several pictures were lingering in my mind for a long time. Apart from those impressive stories happened in different areas, the theme, the underlying connection and the intercultural conflicts reflected all have an enormous impact on my understanding about intercultural communication. Before long, I still held the belief that "the world is flat" [2] and that global village is practically beneficial to all the residents. It seems that in the movie the world is truly flat: In Morocco, a shepherd buys a powerful rifle for his son who accidentally shots an American woman in bus. Her husband is trying the reconciliation of their marriage through vacation in Morocco. Due to the incident, their Mexican babysitter travels to Mexico with their children for the marriage of her son. Meanwhile in Tokyo, the police tries to contact the former owner of the rifle, and his daughter that is feeling rejected craves human contact. [3] Therefore, four families in four countries are connected simply by a gun. Nevertheless, there are many invisible walls between them, creating contradictions and conflicts. Those invisible walls inside their minds, hindering them from understanding and communicating, separate them from people from other cultures. The story of the tower of babel suggests it is different languages that prevent people from building a tower together and communicating across cultures, whereas the movie Babel tells us a different story.AnalysisIntercultural conflict is defined as conflict between members of two or more cultural groups. Intercultural relationships and intercultural conflict...

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