Sunday, June 07, 2009

The Power of One

Let me begin by sharing my new-found love for Netflix. Yes, it allows you to rent movies and have them mailed to your home {which I knew}, but did you know that you can watch movies online, too? I'm sure I'm months behind on this discovery, but I am so pleased with this.

I searched around a bit for The Power of One and couldn't find anyone who'd even heard of it, let alone carried it in-store.

But, Netflix has it ready-to-view. And, so, I viewed.The story revolves around this young boy, P.K., who is orphaned at a young age and sent to live with Grandfather, but spends most of his time with this old man, Doc. Throughout the movie, P.K. witnesses--and is victim to--the injustice of Apartheid and wrestles with what he can do to change the culture. {Stephen Dorff, Morgan Freeman and Daniel Craig}

It was not as heart-wrenching as Blood Diamond, but still intriguing...It's interesting to think about what life would look like, especially in developing nations, if everyone who saw the mistreatment decided to take a stand against it...or even take one small step to resist it.

As in Blood Diamond, the closing text is less "well, that was a nice movie" and more "so, what do you do about it?":
In South Africa and around the world the struggle to gain human dignity and equal rights for all people continues.

Changes can come from the power of many, but only when the many come together to form that which is invincible...the power of one.
I often stop myself from posting about this sort of thing because it's almost cliche these days, to "be socially aware" or "have a broken heart for Africa"...

But seriously...If there is a struggle to gain human dignity...what do we do about it?

3 comments :

ali said...

i laughed at the apartheid link. not at it's meaning, but that you linked to it's definition...

Lisa Marie said...

Oh my gosh...I know this movie! I think I watched it in high school, actually. I've really wanted to read the book...

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