Ali

A riveting film about love, family and hope kicked off the PLM-SCA servant’s pastoral formation this summer. Ninang/Ate/Dra. Laarni “Let” Fajardo-Roque led the movie reflection activity with Kuya Chad Riobuya.

This must-watch film is an eye-opener for me to value what really matters in life.

Children of Heaven, a 1997 Iranian family drama film was written and directed by Majid Majidi. It deals with a brother and sister and their adventures over a lost pair of shoes.

Children of Heaven

Triumph prize winner at many prestigious film festivals, this uplifting, crowd-pleasing story of family and love was also moniated for an Academy Award as Best Foreign Language Film! When Ali loses his sister Zahra’s school shoes, this young pair dream up a plan to stay out of trouble: they’ll share his shoes and keep it a secret from their parents! But if they’re going to successfuly cover their tracks, Ali and Zahra must carefully watch their step on what rapidly turns into a funny and heartwarming adventure! A magical motion picture acclaimed by critics and audiences alike, Children Of Heaven is a charming treat you’ll love, too!

He takes them to the cobbler for repairs, and on the way home, when he stops to pick up vegetables for his mother, a blind trash collector accidentally carries them away.

Of course, the boy, named Ali, is afraid to tell his parents. Of course, his sister, named Zahra, wants to know how she is supposed to go to school without shoes. The children feverishly write notes to each other, right under their parent’s noses.

The answer is simple: Zahra will wear Ali’s sneakers to school every morning, and then run home so that Ali can put them on for his school in the afternoon.

But Zahra cannot always run fast enough, and Ali, who is a good student, gets in trouble for being late to class. And there is a heartbreaking scene where Zahra solemnly regards her own precious lost shoes, now on the feet of the ragpicker’s daughter.

The tale of two children in the movie communicates to us a lot of interesting values that we can somehow say similar to Christian values.

We may be are different in religious beliefs but we are sure that all of us are aiming for peace and tranquility within our community and the whole world at large.

Though the movie is set in an Islamic country yet we share the same values. We, as Christians, may be are biased on looking at Muslim lives as reported by media as any terrorist attack is always associated to them. We should not create a hasty generalization in judging the acts of their fellow because they do not represent the whole.

Majid Majidi’s film has a wonderful scene where Ali and his father bicycle from the almost medieval streets and alleys of the old town to the high-rises and luxury homes where the rich people live. The father hopes for work as a gardener, but he is intimidated by the challenge of speaking into the intercoms on the gates of the wealthy. His son jumps in, with offers of pruning, weeding, spraying and trimming. It is a great triumph.

And then there is a footrace for the poor children of the quarter. The winner gets two weeks in a summer camp and other prizes. Ali doesn’t care. He wants to place third, because the prize is a new pair of sneakers, which he can give to his sister. My guess is that the race and its outcome will be as exciting for many kids as anything they’ve seen at the movies.

“Children of Heaven” is about a home without unhappiness. About a brother and sister who love one another, instead of fighting. About situations any child can identify with. In this film from Iran, I found a sweetness and innocence that shames the land of Mutant Turtles, Power Rangers and violent video games.

This movie has showed me a side of Iran that one cannot learn about in history books. The movie portrayed life in Iran through the eyes of a little kid and the struggles he faces.The movie also showed showed different aspects of Iranian culture such as family structure and value of relationships. The father was seen as the one responsible for providing food for the family. The little girl would help the mother with preparing food and taking care of the baby. I was also able to see the Ta’arof in Iranian culture through offering food to the old and sick neighbors, and even “pretending” to refuse money after the gardening services were offered. The father took the money only after the old man insisted on it.The wide gap between the haves and the have nots have been very beautifully potrayed.

The entire story revolves around one pair of lost pink color worn out shoes.

It makes me realize that each of us in the world is responsible when a kid suffers to get basic necessities of life.

Many a times we throw money frivolously and seldom realizing that there are millions of children dying from hunger with one set of clothes battling and surviving through life.

It’s a moving story about the universal bonds of family as well as the specific circumstances of a poor family trying to make ends meet in Iran. The climax of the film is exciting reinterpretation of the “comeback kid” sports movie, and it takes many unanticipated twists and turns.

This was the first Iranian film to earn an Academy Award nomination, and with good reason. The themes and characters are universal and the story is as exciting as it is poignant. Children of Heaven is one of those magical films that breaks down perceived barriers and differences between cultures, an enlightening and entertaining cinematic journey.

Midnight Sun

What if you have a rare genetic condition, a life-threatening sensitivity to sunlight since childhood?

Does life ends?

Are you going to surrender?

My wife adores the movie, “A Walk to Remember” and she will surely loves this as well.

Pabebe teen mode on.

“Midnight Sun” is a romantic tearjerker about 17-year-old Katie Price (Bella Thorne). One night, her dreams come true when she’s noticed and asked out by her longtime crush Charlie (Patrick Schwarzenegger), whom she’s secretly watched from her bedroom window for years.

Midnight Sun

A 17-year-old girl suffers from a condition that prevents her from being out in the sunlight.

Ready your Kleenex and your feels, as we give you all the reasons why ‘Midnight Sun’ will be your next favorite romantic film:

1. The 2018 film is based on a timeless love story of a 2006 Japanese film ‘Song to the Sun’ (Taiyo no Uta).
In the Japanese film, the lead character is also a teenage girl who loves to sing but has a rare skin condition that makes exposure to sunlight life-threatening. The teen romantic film was such a moving experience that it has also been adapted into a Japanese television drama in 2006, and also became a manga (Japanese comics).

2. It depicts a real and difficult journey of a rare disease and its heartbreaking consequences, but it’s also a story of love and compassion.
In Midnight Sun, Katie suffers from a rare genetic condition called xeroderma pigmentosum (XP), an illness with no known cure. Exposure to sunlight is potentially fatal, so she lives her life indoors during the day, only getting to live the world outside when it is safe after sundown. Life in isolation especially as a teen is nothing you would wish on anyone, and the film depicts its harsh realities. Actress Bella Thorne has expressed that one of the reasons she wanted to take the role of Katie is to make more people aware of this rare disease and hopefully it leads to more research for a cure.

3. It’s a story about one’s first love and heartbreak.
Do you remember the first time you fell in love? There’s nothing quite like it, and the story of young love will always be relatable no matter how old you are. Katie has had a crush on Charlie since she was a little girl, pining away from her tinted windows since she is not allowed to go outside. But one night, she decides to play her guitar and sing at a train station, and as fate would have it, Charlie is there and they finally meet. This isn’t all rainbows and butterflies — the film strips away cute when needed and gives you the pains of high school heartbreak, when a sudden summer romance is now also about coping with illness.

4. You’ll root for this new love team — they are just adorable.
In Midnight Sun, the teen pair is portrayed by 20 year old Bella Thorne and 24 year old Patrick Schwarzenegger. As Katie and Charlie, the two meet one evening and begin their adventures and romance during the moonlight, and then facing the inevitable question — can Katie can life a normal life? While Thorne is no stranger to the limelight, having many film and television series under her belt, this film is Schwarzenegger’s (yup, Arnold’s son) very first leading role in the big screen. And basing on countless tweets about how these two have melted hearts and left audiences all cried out — the pair definitely make the perfect on-screen couple, and it won’t be a surprise if they’ll have more film together in the future.

5. You’ll fall in love with the original music.
What’s a great teen romance without an equally kilig soundtrack to set all the feels right? ‘Midnight Sun’ also revolves around Katie’s love for music — her guitar and singing — and for the film, Bella Thorne lends her voice for five songs. The soundtrack is now available to stream online. ‘Burn So Bright’ is a bright upbeat song that shows off the actress’ pop-like pipes, while ‘Reaching’ is a slow, melancholy track with nothing but a guitar and Thorne’s sweet voice. Hold on to your hearts and listen to the soundtrack below.

Source: ClickTheCity.com

Barnum

Back in college, Phineas Taylor (P.T.) Barnum was the creator of the phrase, “There’s a sucker born every minute”.

He was a master of manipulation according to my public relations professor – Mr. Roel S. Ramirez.

Barnum would use the press to attract customers through false advertising but in the movie ‘The Greatest Showman’, a tenacious side of the PR guru was shown.

A zealous dreamer and a loving family man portrayed beautifully by Hugh Jackman.

This film was filled with life lessons that will give anyone and everyone the much needed reminder that “you’re in this world with talent and purpose that nobody else has” and that it’s worth it to take risks, pursue your passion, and dream.

Barnum

If you’re in need of a positive boost in your life that will leave you feeling empowered and ready to face the world amidst challenges, I highly suggest you watch ‘The Greatest Showman’!

Here are my favorite seven (7) life-changing quotes from the movie compiled by the determined dreamer blog:

1. “You don’t need everyone to love you, just a few good people.” -Charity Barnum

Charity is, by far, my favorite character in the movie. She’s extremely supportive of her husband but also knows how to stick up for herself and say the hard things to him that he needs to hear. When he’s at the height of his chase for praise and recognition, she wisely (and kindly) reminds him that he doesn’t need everyone to love him. He just needs a few good people.

2. “No one ever made a difference by being like everyone else.” – P.T. Barnum

The people who have made the most difference in the world have been the ones who have dared to be different, despite being told to conform. Think of Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr., Malala Yousafzai, Mahatma Gandhi, and George Orwell. Their progressive acts that went against the culture of their day are the reasons why nations have improved for the better.

The message I took from this is to be my authentic self. There’s no way I’m going to make any difference in the world if I’m not authentic to who I am and what I know is right, even if that means disappointing some people.

3. “Men suffer more from imagining too little than too much.” – P.T. Barnum

This quote encourages me to never suppress my dreams because of fear of failure. The people who dare to dream big are the ones who accomplish what seems impossible.

So, be a dreamer. Be a doer. Never be so fearful of failure that you don’t allow yourself the privilege to dream big and accomplish your goals.

4. “When you’re careless with other people, you bring ruin upon yourself.” – Jenny Lind

I have a thing against Jenny Lind. In fact, I have a thing against anyone who knows someone is in a committed relationship but continues to disrespect the relationship. I’m in no way saying that P.T. Barnum shouldn’t have taken a step back (and definitely not traveled alone with this woman!), but I don’t have much respect for her either.

That being said, she definitely had a point when she said that being careless with other people brings ruin upon yourself. I so badly wanted P.T. Barnum to genuinely care about the people he’d hired to be in his show, but unfortunately, at first, he was just using them. He was being careless with them and their feelings, which eventually led to his downfall.

The quote was an important reminder to take time to show the people I love that I genuinely care about them.

5. “The noblest art is that of making others happy.” – P.T. Barnum

Making others happy (which should involve fighting for equality, protecting children, and creating other meaningful changes) truly is the noblest art there is!

6. “I wish for happiness like this forever.” – Charity Barnum

Charity Barnum was a true example of being happy with what you have. She grew up in a wealthy home, so she could have easily longed for the finer things in life. Instead, she was grateful for the things that mattered most – her husband and children.

At the beginning of the film, each family member was sharing a wish on the makeshift gift P.T. Barnum had brought home for his eldest daughter’s birthday. Even after P.T Barnum had lost his job and things seemed to be crumbling apart, Charity’s only wish was, “for happiness like this forever.” She knew the true meaning of happiness.

7. “Father, the world is changing, and I refuse to be a part of yours.” – Phillip Carlyle

I hear things about the world being a horrible place full of evil, but I can’t help but think that most of the evil in the world is done by those who are resisting the positive changes that are being made. The Greatest Showman shines a light on a problem that’s still present today: inequality. When Phillip’s father says, “Have you any shame?” after seeing him with Anne (Phillip’s father disliked that she was a colored girl), Phillip (Zac Effron) courageously states, “Father, the world is changing, and I refuse to be a part of yours.”