I’m home from work today again with my sore back. The doctor did give me some extra special pain killers for it. So, I’m lying on my bed, watching films.
The first was a film from Afghanistan and was the first film made there after the fall of the Taliban, called At 5 in the Afternoon. It was good but quite sad. Seeing the beliefs of Islamic Afghanistan and how they impact on women’s lives was of course sad. The main protagonist in the story, Nograh, wasn’t very educated (her father didn’t believe in girls being educated, or showing their faces) but she wanted to be educated and she would sneak off from the religious school she went to to join much younger girls at a new school. It was very sad watching Nograh, her father, her sister-in-law (whose husband was missing) and baby seek out an existence in the bombed-out remains of Afghanistan, without a place to stay, enough water or enough to eat. But it was very moving.
The next film was the very scary Jesus Camp, which I watched on youtube. Watching evangelising Christians brainwashing children was not going to be fun but I’ve wanted to see this film since I first heard about it last year (it had a showing at the ICA). The woman who runs the camps actually said about Harry Potter: “Warlocks are an enemy of god. If Harry Potter was in the Old Testament, he would have been put to death.” These people actually believe in warlocks and wizards and witches! That’s why they hate Harry Potter. Because they’re scared their kids might learn a spell from the books and cast it upon them. This would be quite funny but unfortunately 25% of Americans are evangelical Christians, the kind of people who don’t believe in evolution or Global Warming and they are brainwashing their kids into their crazy belief system. I was left wondering what would become of a lot of the kids in the film. There’s really something wrong with watching kids preach! Especially a kid who says he was “saved” at the age of 5!