Last night I had my parents, a friend, and my 13-yr-old brother sit down to watch “Beyond Borders” with me, and realized something about my movie-watching habits. Since I have returned to the States I have this handful of movies that I want everyone I know to watch with me – why? They are good movies, but not all excellent films….maybe it would help if I told you the titles: “Yesterday”, “Tsotsi”, and “Beyond Borders” are the main ones so far.
In last night’s film there is a scene near the beginning when “Sarah” stops the caravan to pick up a child who is scarcely recognizable as that, and being eyed by a vulture. My friend said, “Oh come on, there can’t be children like that”, as he turned toward me all I could do was nod. And it clicked all of a sudden why I show the same movies to everyone – because a handufl of scenes in them show the things that I can’t say. I can’t explain what it’s like to hold a child dying of starvation or how hard it is to tell a woman she is HIV+ or what it’s like to live in a place where one block is mansions and a mile down the road is corrugated shanties. Each of these films expresses a scene, a story, or a context that I know but cannot share.
Beyond Borders was shocking to say the least. I like what you’re saying in this post. I often recommend films as a substitute to painting a picture with my words. Where can I find the other titles you mentioned?
We watched Tsotsi recently. It’s a great film. It moved me deeply. I’ve also seen Beyond Borders. I’m going to check out Yesterday now.
Rob,>You should be able to find both films in the Foreign area of Blockbuster, or somewhere like that. Tsotsi took place and was filmed near where I was in S.Africa. Yesterday is the story of a Zulu woman, and it is the story of so many that I know.