We watched the movie “Spotlight” in class this week. I am going to answer two question from a worksheet I got and sum up briefly what I learned from this film. And also conclude how I liked/disliked it.
6. What is the main conflict and how is it resolved?
The film follows the Boston Globe’s “Spotlight” team. “Spotlight” is the oldest continuously operating newspaper investigative journalist unit in the United States. They start off by investigating a small case of a priest molesting a lot of children. But the investigation is bigger than they thought, there was not only one priest. So the movie’s main conflict is about investigating cases of widespread and systemic child sex abuse in the Boston area by numerous Roman Catholic priest. The way this case was resolved was by finding evidence and talking to victims, getting hold of documents that reveal that this has been an issue before, but never taken seriously, because nobody wants to go against the church. But by trying to publicise the findings, people will open their eyes and actually do something about it for a change.
9. Describe a lesson from this movie that viewers can apply to their own lives.
When you are having trouble deciding what position to take on an issue of public concern you have to think and make your own decision. There are so many people out there trying to hide an issue from the public because it will affect them in a bad way. This movie thought me that even though it might make you lose faith in something as strong as religious belief, you should do what is right for the public concern. There can be a lot of good sides in a person, but if that person got a big rotten apple, that rotten apple might hurt people, make them suffer, or even make them suicidal, it’s a big issue. It is better to speak up and share it, it might lead to a better communication between people because people will finally know the truth, remember it and learn right from wrong.
When it comes to deciding what position to take in relation to family and friends it can be very tricky. The only woman in the spotlight team had trouble with her family because her “nana”, was very religious, they stopped having a close bond, but she still went on publishing the story. If I were in a position of stopping people ruining/ killing innocent lives or keeping a close bond with my family I would choose the first one. A family is close, and you love them, but sometimes you can’t take their side if something big is going on and you have a way to stop it. You might ruin the bond forever, but knowing that you did the right thing, should make you feel proud. You can’t always depend on their support all the way through life. That may not be easy, but if your strong your family and friends might understand later in life that you actually made a change for the better.
#Metoo is a campaign that we relate to after watching this movie. The “Me Too” movement spread virally in October 2017 as a hashtag used on social media to help demonstrate the widespread prevalence of sexual assault and harassment, especially in the workplace. It followed soon after the public revelations of sexual misconduct allegations against Harvey Weinstein. It started out with one person being accused of like in the movie, but little did they know that this campaign would help a lot of people coming out about other events. This campaign has probably saved a lot of lives, people lived their lives after a molesting or sexualization that it’s their fault, that people who have more power can just do whatever they like. We have known about this, but kept silenced, because it’s an event that you want to hide because you don’t want to make a scene, you overthink and might end up with thinking it was all your fault. But like in the movie this is a public concern and this can’t keep happening. Me too is helping a lot of women and men talk about uncomfortable situations that they could not help prevent. And the society is opening their eyes and finally speaing openly about this theme. By speaking up people gather together, they share events that they never thought of sharing, speak to other victims and learn that they did nothing wrong, the society did something wrong, and this has now made this campaign a beginning of a new time, where people will be heard and believed. This is actually saving lives, and it’s important for everyone to know about.
What I learned from the movie was that we can make drastic changes by just acknowledging the problem. I really liked this movie because it made me believe that publicity is one of the best resources we have. The news is an important part of our daily lives. If we read the news daily, we will find out what is happening around the world. We can’t live a life without acknowledging that our world is not perfect, but we can make it better by slowly changing it. The movie has a strong meaning behind it, not just for the victims of the church, but for everyone in the world who has been exposed to uncomfortable situations. The movie was great because every viewer can relate in one way or another to a situation similar to this.