I have been watching some hard movies lately. Good ones, but sometimes hard to bear. Here are my reviews, the most recent first:
This movie tells a story within the backdrop of the Rwandan genocide. You could say it’s heartwarming; terrifying; depressing; uplifting; informative; and more, and it would all be true.
You can look up the movie plot at wikipedia, if you like, this is more a forum for my opinion. In my opinion, as awful as seeing the reality of genocide was, they pulled their punches. In fact, the real man behind the movie said that they had to, nobody would go to a movie that portrayed the genocide realistically. In the years since the racial catastrophe that was the Rwandan genocide between Hutus and Tutsis, many horrible and some uplifting stories have come out…but I have avoided them. I think I must be maturing to choose to watch this movie.
It was a good thing to watch this movie. I encourage you to do so as well, although keep in mind it is portraying fallen mankind at their worst. Cain and Abel.
Into the Arms of Strangers and Secret Lives: Hidden Children and Their Rescuers During WWII
These two documentaries highlight the lives of some Jewish children during WWII. I’m not normally a documentary watcher but these grabbed me. The first talks about the “Kindertransport” where Jewish children were accepted into (basically) foster care in Britain, the second, about families who hid Jewish children in Nazi occupied countries. I watched the Kindertransport movie with my kids.
The thing that struck me was how few, how very few, “normal” people were found to help Jewish children. That’s not the point of the movies theoretically, but it is so obvious. How many more children could have been saved??!! Truly it makes the axiom The only thing necessary for the triumph [of evil] is for good men to do nothing. (Burke)