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What movies have you watched that actually motivated you to take action on something?<br><br><br><br>
It could be anything from volunteering at a third-world orphanage to putting on your pirate costume and going to a party.<br><br><br><br>
For those of you who watched Hotel Rwanda, did you actually do anything because of it? I hear people marveling at the truth in one character's words, that Americans would watch the news reports, say the genocide is horrible, and then go back to eating their dinners. But those moviegoers didn't do any better as far as I can tell. Please, prove me wrong.
 

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"Behind the Mask" - ALF documentary.<br><br>
"<a href="http://www.thefutureoffood.com/synopsis.htm" target="_blank">The Future of Food</a>" - documentary about genetically engineered food and sustainable ag.<br><br><br><br>
I'm guessing the next thing I will see that could prompt me to make changes is "<a href="http://www.pbs.org/kcts/affluenza/" target="_blank">Affluenza</a>." It's some PBS thing that my local AR group is showing in December.
 

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Some films featuring J.Lo move me towards the bathroom to move that day's dinner to the toilet, but besides that, I haven't been motivated to do anything. Some films have conveyed a strongly influential political message - Boys Don't Cry springs to mind as a good example - but they haven't made me want to do any specific type of activism.
 

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Wow, what a popular thread.
 

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Hm. I typed out a long heartfelt response last night, but it took so long that VB timed me out and my message disappeared!<br><br><br><br>
In summary:<br><br><br><br>
wrt <i>Hotel Rwanda</i>. By the time of the film's release, I was already pretty knowledgable of the events depicted therein. I'd done some minor work with charities, helping people resettle, or donating money, etc. Later, I decided to read a bit more of some of the personal accounts of the genocide, including the amazing, but horrific <i>Machete Season</i>, which provides the story of several of the killers. While I didn't find the "answer" I was hoping for (what makes someone kill their neighbor), I think perhaps I moved a little closer. Still later, the crisis in Darfur took on particular significance to me, in large part because I didn't want to see it become "another Rwanda".<br><br><br><br>
One of the odd films that affected me was the movie <i>Pleasantville</i>. It's a bit simplistic yes, but it's message about censorship and legalism touched me in a particular way, as I was just beginning some to explore making some significant changes in life.<br><br><br><br>
There's a bit of an anti-censorship message in the last movie that comes to mind too, but for me, <i>Field of Dreams</i> is less about that, than about the complicated relationships between fathers and their children (although I <i>do</i> want to be Amy Madigan's character when I grow up). In addition to the childhood angst, throw in a follow-your-dreams turn by James Earl Jones, and an absolutely fantastic role for Burt Lancaster, and well, it's in my top ten for sure. I've seen the movie a few times, and have not yet reached the end without crying the tears of the heart. It's a wonderful, precious film.<br><br>
<<goes off to call her dad <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Hmm...the only one that really comes to mind for me is But...I'm a Cheerleader.<br><br><br><br>
It made me realize that all kinds of people are queer. It motivated me to question my own sexuality and realize I'm a little bisexual. At the very least, it led me to feel quite complimented that 2 gay guys tried to pick me up.
 

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I watched Funny Face the other night and it made me want to take ballroom dancing lessons.<br><br><br><br>
And In July made me want to hitchhike across Europe.<br><br><br><br>
That's all that comes to mind right now but I'm tired.
 

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For those of you who watched Hotel Rwanda, did you actually do anything because of it? I hear people marveling at the truth in one character's words, that Americans would watch the news reports, say the genocide is horrible, and then go back to eating their dinners. But those moviegoers didn't do any better as far as I can tell. Please, prove me wrong.</div>
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When I read the thread title, Hotel Rwanda came to mind first, it's funny you should mention it. After watching Hotel Rwanda I began sponsoring a poor child in Africa, specifically Zambia. Each month I pay the charity, Christian Children's Fund, and they support the community my child lives in.<br><br>
I know it has nothing to do with Rwanda or genocide, but I wanted to make a difference.
 
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