Films that make a difference
- Nov 24, 2011
Most people love a trip out to the cinema, or a night in watching a good DVD. But there are some films that stay with you, change your way of thinking and really make a difference.
One such film for me is Sharkwater. I was asked on Twitter recently if I had seen Rob Stewart’s incredible film – yes I have, and it had a profound influence on me.
Sharkwater explores the misunderstood world of sharks, and while beautiful and thrilling, also exposes corruption and exploitation surrounding the world's shark populations. This is an issue close to my heart, and we are working hard to help stop shark finning around the globe.
Another film that made a difference for me personally is Home Front, a superb new film by Brazilian film-maker Julia Bacha about non-violent resistance in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood in East Jerusalem. It is a very moving story about the Israelis and Palestinians who oppose the eviction of Palestinian families from homes they have lived in for half a century.
Then there is Fire In Babylon, an incredible tale of how the West Indies triumphed over colonialism and became one of the best cricket teams of all time. As well as showcasing the fearsome talent of the Windies, the film illustrates the role sport can play in overcoming all obstacles.
What films make a difference to you?