KING MATT THE FIRST

Wanda Jakubowska

Poland, 1957

ACTIVITIES

GENERAL DISCUSSION

MAIN SUBJECTS OF THE FILM:

The importance of friendship in human life

SECONDARY SUBJECTS OF THE FILM:

Responsibility for one’s own actions and civil courage

The responsibilities of a good ruler

ACCESS TO THE FILM:
https://www.cda.pl/video/60825220

FILM EXTRACTS

5:479:20

A king’s responsibilities

16:5022:36

Matt goes to the war front

1:07:271:08:58

Felek reveals the truth about his mistakes

ACTIVITY 1

QUESTIONS FOR GENERAL DISCUSSION:

Is friendship important in human life?

Whom can we consider a friend of king Matt I?

QUESTIONS CONCERNING INDIVIDUAL SCENES:

FIRST SCENE:

What are the responsibilities of the young king?

How is Matt I treated by his ministers?

What kind of a king does Matt want to be? Give examples of his conduct.

SECOND SCENE:

Why does Matt go to the war front?

Is the boy a supporter of the war? Why is war evil?

ACTIVITY 2

Course of the classes:

  1. When watching the film, the young viewers are supposed to take particular notice of various aspects of the relationship between Matt and Felek. Supporting questions for the analysis of the film:
  • How did Matt meet Felek?
  • How do the boys cultivate their friendship?
  • To what test was Matt and Felek’s friendship put and how the boys managed to maintain it?

    2. In the next task the students work in groups. They are asked to make a list of 10 characteristics of a true friend and prioritize them. The teacher writes suggestions on the blackboard or, in case of younger children, hands out cards with suggestions:

frank; has a nice physical appearance; inspires trust; receives good marks at school; provides support; loyal; wears fashionable clothes; discrete; can keep a secret; is able to understand; intelligent; selfless; talented (i.e. has an artistic, sports or other talent); honest; popular among his peers (attracting sympathy); is able to admit to having made a mistake; rich; is able to forgive mistakes; knows how to listen.

3. When the task is completed, the representatives of each group present their lists, along with reasons behind their choices. The students can also present a list of characteristics they consider insignificant for a true friendship.
4. Then the students think about which characteristics of a true friendship can be noticed in the relationship between Matt and Felek. They work in pairs and then present their opinions. They can use specific examples from the film as a support.
5. The teacher refers to the scene in the editorial office of Daily Truth newspaper, when Felek reveals the truth about his mistakes and confesses his guilt to Matt THIRD SCENE [1:07:27 – 1:08:58]. The students try to answer the following questions individually:

  • What could Matt feel when he realized that his friend had betrayed him? (suggestions: anger, outrage, disappointment, resentment, sadness, desire for revenge)
  • How did Felek behave? (suggestions: confession of guilt, revealing the truth, regret, sadness, readiness to accept punishment)

    6. King Matt forgives his friend and gives him a second chance. The students answer the following question individually:

  • Is it easy to forgive? (Students can refer to various situations from their own experience).

    7. Then, using the brainstorming technique, the students try to answer the following question:

  • Why should we forgive our friends?
  • How can we make amends for our mistakes to our friends?

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