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Radar Recommends: “The Suffragette”

Poster - Votes for Women

Poster – Votes for Women (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The true history of the battle for  the right to vote by women has quite literally been suppressed. Sure we know that there was a suffragette movement – but not the response to that movement in the UK.  And, many do not know that the first success was in England.

This film – a docudrama based upon real events is informative, and enlightening.  Excellently presented and understated as the actions themselves shout at the viewer. The punishments, including death and imprisonment should  be known to all women who do not want to take the time to vote. The women who did fight for it clearly paid prices which in hindsight, are horrific. Not just imprisonment, but being shunned, violently attacked and beaten by the police, and even having their children taken away from them. At the time – women were not allowed to make decisions regarding their children, only men were. It was the ‘law’ – and women had no voice in the creation of those laws. And, it is difficult to believe that even today, men are still attempting to make decisions and choices for women – a true reflection of a patriarchal society.

English: Tennessee Celeste Claflin, suffragett...

English: Tennessee Celeste Claflin, suffragette, with other suffragettes (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The conditions under which women worked at the time is shocking, as is the fact that they began work as early as seven years old. The suffragette were not shrinking violets – and some even called therm terrorists when they resorted to terrorist acts when the government refused to act  upon their requests. Whether they were or not will be a decision left up to you as it is a subjective one.

The actors portrayed the real historical characters without doing so in a sympathetic light – that is because with only the historical facts – one could not help but empathize. The sheer terror surrounding their struggle is accurately presented when researched according to historical press coverage.

If you think that the struggle for women’s right to vote and other rights was merely women marching wearing white dresses – or aristocratic ‘housewives’ who had nothing to do – prepare yourself for a rude awakening. Brilliantly and honestly produced. This film should be required viewing at all academic levels.

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Radar Recommends : “Beasts Of No Nation”

 

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A sleeper sitting in the Netflix queue, which, once viewed becomes the figurative awakened giant. Beasts of No Nation is a film based upon actual events presented in a way which can only be called uncompromising. The film successfully tackles the difficult subject regarding the slaughter of innocent people  in African whose children were then  abducted by guerrilla rebels, armed, and forced to become soldiers in a war which they were incapable of understanding. Children.  Literally.  But children who responded as would any adult – doing what they had to do in order to survive. When one understands that it is based upon true events – one can only mourn for the lost childhoods of so many.

The film provides incredible insight – and that must surely be based upon the horror stories of those young children who survived – for many did not survive.

It took a long time for the film to be made – as many did not see it as a commercial venture. However, it’s value as an historical reference is priceless. The makers had to stick to their guns in order to make the film which they wanted to make. Thank goodness for their tenacity.

From the beginning of the film, you are hooked and it is like a good read – you cannot stop watching. The action and the plot twists and turns will have you mesmerized.

The acting is superb and it is a story, although painful to watch, stays true to the events from which it was inspired. Idris Elba portrays a character that is far different from his ‘handsome-leading-man‘ roles – to the point that you may not initially recognize him in this role – literally.  The child actors present performances which would seem to be well beyond their actual years.  And yes, there will be occasions when your heart will break.

If you know nothing about the abducted child soldiers right now – your knowledge will sufficiently increase not just after watching this film, but while watching it.  Your emotions will rise and fall – anger,hope,fear – and more. And, there may be twinges of guilt as to the lack of action taken to protect and save these children from their fates in reality.

It is no wonder that the nominations have been pouring in for not only the film, but for the actors as well.  It is now out on DVD and streaming on Netflix with 3 million views so far.  It is worth the purchase of the DVD to have in your digital library.

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