PRE-NOTE: The inspirational film (below) is non-partisan and WWII era documentary history. At the same time, Nov. 6 is an important election in this country. Reminder: in 2016, 66 million voted Clinton; 63 million voted Trump; about 100 million didn’t vote at all. If you’re a U.S. Citizen and voting age in 2016, you know which category you were in. VOTE WELL INFORMED ON NOV. 6.
Until Monday, October 29, you can watch, free, and on-line, the marvelous film, “The World Is My Country”.
The details are below. The producers only ask that you evaluate the product, and make a contribution to help complete this film, to help make it accessible to everyone everywhere permanently.
The World Is My Country is a very well known project to me.
I first learned of this project in 2011, and in 2012 asked the producer if I might show the first rough draft of the film to a group of high school students in St. Paul. I wondered how kids would relate to a 90 year old man telling a story of what he accomplished when he was in his 20s, right after World War II. The producer and the school were okay with the idea.
I described for the kids what they were about to see, and asked them to rate the film on a scale of ten before they saw it.
Their collective assessment “4” of “10”. It was, after all, a movie during the school day! (I was a school teacher long ago. I know.)
The 90 minute film over, I asked again: This time “9”, one evaluation about average, most 10. The high evaluation was not a surprise. I had noted that the kids had been paying attention.
Do watch the film, and do provide an evaluation.
Those kids to whom I showed the film are now in their mid-20s, and they are living in their own future. All of them can vote this year. I wonder how many will.
I have seen this film many times since, in assorted contexts, including its World Premiere at the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Film Festival in 2017.
It is a winner. But to date only a few can be inspired by it.
Support its efforts to cross the finish line to public release.
You can watch it free through Sunday.
POSTNOTE: There have been some powerful comments at Descent Into Darkness, my post from a day or two ago. See them here.