This week on Fandor: Learn from the movies, look for the helpers.
Here on Planet Fandor, we’re really settling into this “post-truth” moment. One of the hallmarks of these fraught times is the erasure of distinction between fact and fiction, fantasy and reality. That means that now (yes, now more than ever), mass media is an essential tool for remembrance, education, investigation, and resistance. Over on Keyframe, connections between our world and the magical world of Harry Potter are already being drawn, and this video essay brilliantly breaks down the message of tolerance that those films carry:
Keyframe Daily’s intrepid David Hudson has also been imagining what the next four years of cinema will bring, and how those movies may act as a mirror for us to better see our nation, our history, and our trajectory. Read the full article here, and let it inspire you to make, and watch, the culture you want to see in the world!
When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” — Mister Rogers
This quote has been on our minds quite a bit lately. We can’t think of a more wonderful thing to celebrate right now than the courageous, generous, righteous, and innovative acts of individuals, and so we’ve put together a movie list that we hope will nurture your inner humanitarian. From concerned parents seeking justice in The Jena 6 to the brave physicians in Living in Emergency to the aid workers in The Third Wave (pictured left), these documentaries introduce us to those who have committed their lives to making others’ better. As we move through this season of gratitude, we can all stand to learn from their example.
We can also learn quite a lot from the protagonists in our Transgender Awareness Week (November 14-20) movie list, which is full of films that show the range and power of the transgender experience. Curated by Talia Feder, who also brings you Fandor’s bi-weekly Spotlight collections, this list is nothing short of a study in the courage to be true to oneself and to live that truth every single day, no matter what.
With that, we’ll be back next week with films and news inspired by the Thanksgiving holiday, the joy (or “joy”, as the case may be) of family, and the impulse to “reach across the table” — whether it’s for whirled peas or world peace! Until then, happy watching!