Hiromi KONO
   Department   Kyoto Junior College of Foreign Languages  , Department of English Studies for Careers
   Position   Professor
Language Japanese
Publication Date 2019/03
Type Academic Paper
Peer Review Peer reviewed
Title Social Problem Film and Relation to Politics and Education, A Case Study I, Daniel Blake
Contribution Type Single author
Journal ATEM Journal
Journal TypeJapan
Publisher ATEM
Volume, Issue, Page pp.113-125
Details The social problem film is one film genre which has been around for a long time in the industry. Ken Loach is a British film maker and known for creating films about British social problems. His recent work, I, Daniel Blake (2016), deals with contemporary social welfare problems including further discussion of the role of decision makers and the screening process of who can get benefits. This paper examines the British social problem film, I Daniel Blake, that portrays angry men and women who receive unreasonable treatment under the national welfare system. As the film maker attempts to outline the harsh living conditions, hunger, anger, and cold-hearted staff, critical images against Britain’s welfare system become visible. In order to understand the social problem film and its role in society, I will first introduce how the social problem film was developed, then will follow with the effects of it in relation to politics and society.