Sarah and I went to see The Great Debaters tonight. Words cannot begin to describe what that experience was like…but since that’s what my blog is, words (mainly), I’m going to try.

With my involvement with Sowers of Hope, I am much more aware of prejudices and racism than I have been in a while. Really, the world is full of “old hatred”, as I call it. Hatred that I cannot even begin to understand. Sometimes I try and wrap my head around it, to get some sense of how a person, or a people, could hate enough to persecute, torture, kill, etc., but it never works. I’m just left completely baffled.

I remember reading Blood Brothers in preparation for study abroad in Israel (which I didn’t actually go on due to some extenuating circumstances). I was 18 and the book completely opened my eyes to see a side of Palestine that I had never considered. More recently, I read The Kite Runner and once again (as I am wont to do anytime I read or see something like that) wondered how on earth people could really hate another people enough to do such horrible, awful things to them and the way that hatred is passed on from generation to generation – “old hatred”.

Tonight, watching this movie, I felt that same confusion I always do when my mind is faced with such incomprehensible hatred. And my heart broke a little. I just sat in the movie wishing that I could make it (“it” as in racism, prejudices, hatred…the world) better.

So, that’s my plug (for the movie, and both of those books). And once you’ve seen the movie…buy the soundtrack (the instrumental one). Incredible. I’m listening to it right now. It’s on par with Braveheart, Last of the Mohicans, and Meet Joe Black. Seriously fantastic!

8 thoughts on “altered

  1. I can see why your heart broke a little. And now I have to admit to not having heard ANY of those soundtracks — do I need to?

  2. I haven’t seen the movie yet, but Garrett’s parents said it was one of the best they have ever seen. We are seeing it this weekend—–very excited. Also, are you running the Phoenix 1/2 still?

  3. I am so excited to see the movie!!! I too loved Blood Brothers. We did the Blood Brothers musical my senior year of High school. You should get the sound track from the musical… so good!

  4. We just saw this movie last week, as well, and my feelings were very similar. I just find it so hard to comprehend that sort of hatred. I thought it was a great movie–very powerful and thought-provoking.

  5. I love ALL those movies–Braveheart, Last of the Mohicans (yummy D.Day Lewis) and Meet Joe Black. I don’t know many people who enjoy Meet Joe Black, so now I feel a bond :)I can’t wait to see Great Debators.

  6. I have a hard time wraping my head around prejudices and racism, too. I just can’t believe that in today’s world it still exists. Unbelievable. Upsetting.

  7. I have been curious to see the response to this movie- and happy to hear that it did not disappoint. It it is an amazing thing when a book or movie can alter your perceptions to a degree like the ones you sited. I haven’t read Blood Brothers- adding it to the to read list now. I really enjoyed Kite Runner- have you heard anything good/bad about the movie yet from someone who read the book?

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