The Power of Film

Recently in English class, we’ve watched two films, Girl Rising and Before the Flood. Girl Rising can we look at as a global campaign for girls’ education and empowerment, whereas the main goal is to change the way the world values girls. Before the flood, on the other hand, is about our evolving planet, climate changes and the need to take action before it’s too late. Their themes are utterly different, however, they share the will to ameliorate the modern world.

To emphasize their determination and influence the viewers, both films use well known and famous actors as narrators. This way the human brain is easier to persuade and in a way we feel safe and sound. In addition, all the narrators are throughout both films calm and chill. They take their time which allows the audience to let all the information sink in. Additionally beautiful, dramatic and gracefully music and images are exhibited to characterize our astonishing earth. I believe these films were made so people could raise their awareness for such ongoing events on earth, especially environmental and social issues. Furthermore, they are made to provoke us and take action, show us that we are the ones that can make a difference and shape a new and better future. Although I think these films are made for the grown-up audience, I think students at my age should watch these films to get a reminder and see for themselves that change is necessary. Because I agree with what Bansky once said:

“Film is incredibly democratic and accessible, it’s probably the best option if you actually want to change the world, not just re-decorate it.”


One individual or one government is not enough to change the world for the better. If we want to accomplish that, humans and governments need to stand united. If we together take actions and share thoughts anything is achievable.

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