New Movies Connect the Youth and Real World Issues

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Nowadays, free speech is praised and encouraged. Discussion is open and more educated. A lot of new movies are taking advantage of this changing era. They alter the millennial mindset for the better by incorporating pressing issues that impact the youth into the plot. The younger generations are more powerful than you’d think, and equipping them with the knowledge and motivation to fight against injustice is incredibly important.

One movie that has really made a difference in how the youth are involved in present issues is The Hate U Give. This movie focuses on young black kids, the target of racism and quick, inaccurate judgements that may cost them their lives. In the movie, the main character, Starr’s good  friend is shot by cops for doing practically nothing. It is undoubtedly true that if he had not been African American, it would’ve been way less likely that he’d have been shot. In the movie, April Ofrah, a black lives matter advocate, says, “Violence, brutality. It’s the same story, just a different name.” This pertains to the fact that blacks, “were the victims of the lethal use of force by police at nearly twice their rate in the general population,” according to POLICE KILLING OF BLACKS: Data for 2015, 2016, 2017, and first half of 2018 by Todd Beer on March 1, 2018. Introducing the audience of The Hate U Give, who were mostly adolescents, to this issue hopefully made it more relevant and drove them to protest it as well.

Another movie that creates a good mediation for discussion is Crazy Rich Asians. Although it may not seem like a powerful and moving movie, it dives deep into the world of prejudice among the social classes. For reference, the main character comes from a poor single-parent home with a complicated family history. When she meets the love of her life, the son of the richest family in Singapore, she is faced with the challenge of meeting the family’s expectations and criticism. In one of the scenes, Eleanor Young, the boyfriend’s mother has a conversation with Rachel, the main character. Mrs. Young says, “There is a Hokkien phrase ‘kaki lang’. It means: our own kind of people, and you’re not our own kind.” This woman is willing to judge her based merely on her social status, ignoring her intelligence and accomplishments all together. This scene reached thousands of hearts, touching everyone who empathized with Rachel. The intent of this movie was to open up people’s eyes to the realness of classism. One can only expect that it succeeded.

Lastly, the movie, Wonder also covers the issue of prejudice among the special needs community.  “Here’s what I think: the only reason I’m not ordinary is that no one else sees me that way.” R.J. Palacio said. In today’s world, the disabled community still faces many stereotypes and the narrow-mindedness of those around them. By bringing to light this very real experience, the movie allowed many to better understand how to help those in this situation and to be more accepting. It seems as though society is beginning to recognize the differences that make us all unique and a wonderfully diverse world. Although issues are still overwhelmingly prevalent in present day, new movies are helping to alleviate the harsh  criticism and pain that youngsters feel in the face of prejudice, racism, and other things.

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