Film as a Complement to the Written Text: Reflections on Using The Sterilization of Leilani Muir to Teach Muir v. Alberta

dc.contributor.authorAdjin-Tettey, Elizabeth
dc.contributor.authorKodar, Freya
dc.date.accessioned2015-01-15T23:27:29Z
dc.date.available2015-01-15T23:27:29Z
dc.date.copyright2011en_US
dc.date.issued2011
dc.descriptionThis is a post-print version of this paper, published in the Alberta Law Review, (2011) 48(3) pp. 615-629. This article has its origins in a short piece that was part of a collection of stories about using film in the law school classroom: “Using Film in the Classroom: The Call and the Responses” (2009) 21 C.J.W.L. 197 (Special Issue: Law, Film and Feminism, Gillian Calder & Rebecca Johnson, eds.).en_US
dc.description.abstractIn this article the authors look at their experiences teaching the trespass torts to law students using a documentary film about Muir v. Alberta. The case was brought by Leilani Muir against the government of Alberta for battery and false imprisonment and for sterilizing her without her knowledge or consent. The documentary follows Muir’s court case, and interweaves her personal story with the larger social history of the eugenics movement and the development of The Sexual Sterilization Act. The authors begin with a description of the Muir documentary and a discussion of the ways in which the texts, written and filmic, work together in the context of telling Muir’s story. The authors then discuss film as a medium for telling legal stories. Finally, the authors reflect on their classroom experiences with the various Muir texts, and the ways in which the film assists them in teaching both the particular case and torts more generally. The authors suggest that complementing case reports with documentaries about them, or events related to the case, helps to provide alternative and sometimes counter stories to the official account.en_US
dc.description.reviewstatusRevieweden_US
dc.description.scholarlevelFacultyen_US
dc.identifier.citationElizabeth Adjin-Tettey & Freya Kodar, “Film as a Complement to the Written Text: Reflections on Using The Sterilization of Leilani Muir to Teach Muir v. Alberta” (2011) 48(3) Alberta Law Review 615-629.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1828/5856
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherAlberta Law Reviewen_US
dc.titleFilm as a Complement to the Written Text: Reflections on Using The Sterilization of Leilani Muir to Teach Muir v. Albertaen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US

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