Inspire us, Oscars. Make movies that tell us who we really are and all we can become!
Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies
— The Shawshank Redemption
From The Oscars website I discovered a more global view of movies to educate us and inspire us. It is not a guide for frivolous entertainment or for the faint-hearted but rather a list of powerful global movies for those who really want to learn about the world and who we are.
On the Oscars blogs The Insider posted a short video that Hans Zimmer and Bonnie Abaunza helped put together in which three people’s recommendations really caught my eye: http://oscar.go.com/blogs/oscar-video/movie-moments
The Top 3 movies worth watching
1. Chile: Missing
2. The Roma: Gadjo Dilo
3: Argentina: The Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo
1. Chile: Missing
Why? Let Ariel Dorfman tell you at 1:38 – 2:08 of http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=up3ZhVOoD64
Ariel Dorfman, writer and professor at Duke University, is a former cultural adviser to Salvador Allende’s chief-of-staff. Salvador Allende was the first democratically-elected president of Chile in 1970. Allende was for the people but a threat to the profits of U.S. companies. Thus Salvador Allende’s presidency only lasted 3 years as the military (aided by the U.S. support) killed him and put the dictator Pinochet in power. Chile then suffered17 brutal years of dictatorship.
Watch the movie and read his book Feeding on Dreams: Confessions of An Unrepentant Exile about how he escaped the death squads and his life in exile. Be inspired.
2. The Roma: Gadjo Dilo / The Crazy Stranger
Most of this drama was shot in a village outside Bucharest . Local Romani people are actors and their language is used to show how misunderstandings occur but also how cultural barriers can be broken despite language barriers. It is a rare view into a world little understood and reveals warmth humanity and the odds they fight against. It is about humanity.
Why? Find out at 2:24 – 2:36 of http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=up3ZhVOoD64
Report injustices you see here: https://romarightswatch.crowdmap.com/
3. Argentina: The Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo / Las Madres de la Plaza de Mayo
Why? Let Alicia Partnoy tell you here at 3:34 -3:47 of http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=up3ZhVOoD64
Alicia Partnoy , writer and professor at Loyola Marymount, was an activist in the Peronist Youth Movement in Argentina. Perón was reelected in 1973 and was for the people (combating exploitation of workers) but a threat to the profits of U.S. companies Thus Perón was ousted and Argentina then suffered brutality from 1976 until 1983 in the Dirty War. U.S. officials supported the vicious military junta and the U.S. gave them military aid. Tens of thousands were disappeared, tortured, drugged and thrown into the ocean. Babies of prisoners were given to their captors’ wives.
Watch the movie and read her book The Little School about her suffering in the concentration camp.
Let us learn from the past and always speak out loudly against injustice. War criminals still walk free in America.
It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to your enemies, but a great deal more to stand up to
–Dumbledore, Harry Potter
And from me, AnCroíAit?
The list is too long but it would start with City of God, Osama, The Magdalene Sisters, Voces Inocentes, My Left Foot, Once, Grave of the Fireflies, In the Name of the Father…
This year’s best movie comes from Iran and it’s called A Separation. Do NOT miss it. It is far superior to all that are nominated for Best Movie this year but it is nominated in the Best Foreign Film category and should win. A window into another word that will astonish us and educate us, this one has us re-examining all we thought about Iran and about ourselves. Simply brilliant!
For comedy nothing beats The Guard and Brendan Gleeson’s best performance ever.
Have fun and choose your viewing pleasure carefully. There’s a world of amazing movies waiting for you.
Do, or do not. There is no ‘try’
– Yoda (from The Empire Strikes Back)
What movies inspired you, my friends?
Ps. My favorite Oscar moment, especially Marketa’s speech:
And here are my predictions for the 2012 Oscars
Best picture: The Artist √
Directing: The Tree of Life X The Artist won
Actor: Damián Birchir So sad he didn’t get it!
Actress: Rooney Mara Love Meryl but Rooney deserved this one.
Supporting actor: Nick Nolte X
Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer √
Music: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy The Artist again
Makeup: The Iron Lady√
Costume Design: Jane Eyre The Artist again
Writing: A Separation Agh! NOOOO It should have won but Midnight in Paris did. Unfair!
Art Direction: Midnight in Paris X Hugo won
Cinematography: Hugo √
Film Editing: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo √
Doc short: The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom X Saving Face won Fair Enough
Foreign film: A Separation (In a fair world it would win the Oscar for Best Picture) √
Animated Feature: Chico &Rita X Ugh Rango won
Writing Adapted: The Descendants √
Short: The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore √
Sound editing: Drive Hugo X I hereby confess my dislike of Hugo. Pretentious English accents? Why?
Sound Mixing: Transformers X Hugo
Visual Effects: Rise of the Planet of the Apes X Hugo
Doc: Hell and Back Again X Undefeated Mmm
Song: Man or Muppet √
Short Film: Tuba Atlantic X Here I’m happy I was wrong as The Shore ( Irish ) won🙂