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1)A Girl in the RiverA recent study stated that approximately 5,000 women become a victim of honor killings around the world. A girl in the river directed by Oscar winning director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy shows the story of Saba Qaisera, a young girl who survives a murder attempt by her father because she fell in love with the wrong person.
Even after the movie received critical acclaim, the father of Saba could not come to terms with the facts. He believed that he was obliged to kill her as it was his duty as a father and husband to protect his family from dishonor. Many did not agree to his views. One of them was the Pakistani prime minister, who said that he will change the law on honor killing after watching this film. Obaid-Chinoy summed it up in her Oscar acceptance speech and said That is the power of film.
2)Cathy Come Home
Even though being homeless is a touchy subject even now, it was a huge taboo back in thr 1960s. Before Cathy come home was released in 1966, no one even spoke about this issue and turned a blind eye. But once this movie was aired, things changed. The sense of public outrage that this was happening sort of grew. It became like a storm that gathered pace. Said Loach, the director of the movie. This also let to the founding of UKs first and leading charity for the homeless. We were expecting that there would be a bit of talk about it but no one could expect that 40 years later wed still be talking about it and that Cathy would become part of the national language about public events in politics, Loach said in 2006.
It can be difficult for anyone who didnt live through the start of the AIDS epidemic in the early 1980s to understand just how much stigma, fear and misunderstanding surrounded the disease. A poll held in US in 1985 found that 51% of Americans felt people living with AIDS should be placed in quarantine, and 15% thought they should be identified with tattoos.When Philadelphia was released in 1993, it helped changed those perceptions. The film follows the journey of a young gay lawyer, played by Tom Hanks, who is fired by his firm after discovering he has AIDS. It was the first Hollywood film to tackle the issue of AIDS and homophobia, and it helped destigmatize a subject that until then few had wanted to discuss: It got people talking about HIV in a way that they really werent, because it was always that thing we really didnt want to talk about, said HIV advocate Gary Bell.
4)12 Years a Slave
Slavery is one of the darkest hours of American history. But even years after the law abolishing slavery was passed, the African Americans still had to fight for their rights. One movie that highlighted their hardships is 12 Years a Slave. This movie is based on an incredible true story of one man's fight for survival and freedom in the pre-Civil War United States. Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. The plot revolves around his attempt to survive and maintain his dignity. This movie created awareness around the world. To this day, news of racism are surfacing but this movie played a huge role in reducing racism.
5)Rang De Basanti
Corruption is one of the biggest issues being tackled by a lot of countries. Even in India, corruption has reached a very dangerous level. Rang De Basanti is one movie that has inspired the youth of India to raise their voice against those who are corrupt. The movie is about a bunch of friends who start protesting because their friend; an army pilot lost his life to faulty equipment as a result of corruption. This movie has indeed ignited the fire in all the hearts and I sincerely hope that corruption does come to an end someday.
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