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    Subject: Facing The Music
    Date: Apr 12, 2003
    Sender: KatePrevious | Next

    I am a student at the university which this documentary was set at, and I must say it had a profound impact on me. Particularly because I would emphasise that 'the enemy' is not even so much the administration as the steady growth of economic rationalist policies.

    The documentary was very naturalistic - the part where Anne declares that "the university as we knew it is now dead" is terribly poignant and always brings a tear to my eyes. Likewise, Anne's attempts to secure scholarship funding for her students from a well-known bank are sad simply because it is the corporatisation of industries that has led to the more artistically inclined departments at universities being starved of funding.

    Perhaps the most valuable message that I took away from this film is that we can no longer deny that there is a crisis in higher education. Anne's statement at an academic meeting that "I can't fight for my job, but I can fight for higher education" is being echoed by academics around the country. The documentary gives a human face to a widespread problem. And, that's not to forget that it's brilliant to watch as well.

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