Paa Joe and the Lion 

watching Benjamin Wigley’s Paa Joe and the Lion (2016), you were asked to keep the following in mind:

  • Contexts in which coffins are commissioned and used
  • British public’s reactions to Paa Joe and Jacob’s coffin-making and attitudes towards death
  • The funeral for Paa Joe’s mother (the family’s preparations for the funeral, coffin-making, burial)
  • The unveiling of the lion coffin and ceremony in the National Trust’s Clumber Park in Nottinghamshire, UK

After watching the film, write a response (minimum 250 words; maximum 375 words) that fully addresses the prompt below.

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Prompt: For your response to the discussion question, pick 1 of the topics (e.g. “Contexts in which coffins are commissioned and used” etc.) listed above. In your response, discuss:

  • Your initial reactions and/or thoughts to the film
  • How does the film address, illustrate, or make use of your chosen topic?
    • Be sure to discuss at least 2 examples from the film for your chosen topic
  • Who do you think is the primary audience for this film? Why?
  • Optional: any questions that came up for you while watching this film

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