A friend posed the question, knowing that I watch more than my share of movies.
“Can you think of any film clips where a character makes the decision to be a peacemaker – or to do the just thing in a situation of conflict or injustice.?”
Given the context of the question and the person asking the question, the clip needs to be rooted in nonviolence – at least as far as possible.
Honesty compels me to confess that the nonviolent lens eliminates many of my favorite movies and scenes. (The scene in The Wild Bunch where Bishop, Engstrom, and the Gorch brothers decide to go back for Angel, wouldn’t work.)
But I gave it a go. Here are the first two that came to mind:
The Grapes of Wrath: Tom Joad leaves and tells his mother that he will be with her and the family wherever people work for justice.
Hotel Rwanda: Paul Rusesabagina and his staff find rooms for all those who make it to the hotel; Rusesabagina encourages the people at the hotel to call people abroad; the final line: “There’s always room.”
After that movies came to mind – scenes tumbled together; clips piling up. Among them: Norma Rae, Amazing Grace, The Vernon Johns Story, Amazing Grace, The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, Coach Carter, Edge of America, Field of Dreams, Milk, Cry Freedom, Gandhi, Made in Dagenham, Malcolm X, Real Women Have Curves, The Milagro Bean Field War, Gandhi. I would have to watch these anew to identify particular scenes.
Recognizing my limits, I ask:
What film clips show a character deciding to seek peace or do justice in a situation of conflict or injustice?
What films would you watch again to find clips that show a character deciding to seek peace or do justice in a situation of conflict or injustice?
I look forward to your responses.
See you along the Trail.