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In the movie, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, the children's TV host Mister Rogers was on a mission to teach children that they mattered, that they could manage their difficult emotions and th...
Social connection makes hope possible. This is the message in the film based on the life of 13-year-old William Kamkwamba. The story plays off in Malawi during a famine caused by a series of natura...
The Farewell is about a first-generation Chinese immigrant, Billi. She wants to visit her dying grandmother, Nai-Nai, in China, to say goodbye.
Nai-Nai is unaware of the seriousness of h...
For Sama is a documentary of the daily life in Aleppo, Syria, in 2016 during a war.
Sama is the baby daughter of Waad al-Kateab, a citizen journalist. The documentary is Waad's love letter t...
Harriet Tubman brought slaves to freedom before and during the Civil War.
The movie Harriet shows how a willing woman with simple courage and fierceness could free her family and herself...
McMillian is wrongly convicted of murder and sentenced to death.
The film - based on the memoir of attorney Bryan Stevenson - shows human lives stripped of dignity, and the reality of unfair con...
This story is about Jimmie Fails (played by Jimmie Fails). The story is actually about who Jimmie initially thinks he is and how he discovers that the life he'd been living isn't good enough becaus...
In this version, director Greta Gerwig combines the original text of Little Women with author Alcott's letters, to produce a story of fierce purpose and determination.
Jo's mother, Marmee, di...
In Marriage Story, a stage director and an actress go through a divorce.
The characters are purposefully de-glamorized.
They're very ordinary, and say and do foolish things. T...
Salvador Mallo is a once-famous film director who now suffers unbearable back pain, constant heartbreak, anger over failures and emotional separation from his mother.
When Salvador learn...
South Korean director Bong Joon-ho portrays two South Korean families, one very rich, the other very poor, to demonstrate how the two sides are pitted against each other in capitalist societies.
In Rise of Skywalker, the main character Rey ultimately offers compassionate action as an alternative to violence.
While superheroes normally kill all the bad guys, it puts being a he...
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Until the end of 2019, when everything was relatively fine globally, film festivals were a sought after event.
New blockbusters like Once Upon A Time in Hollywood, the multiple Oscar winn...
Now with the global pandemic being a new reality, film festivals are increasingly going online. SXSW, for instance, went virtual within weeks and even partnered with Amazon Prime for an online Film Festival.
Digital solutions are the way forward for many other film festivals, as otherwise, they lose millions in and revenue while scrambling for viewers and distributors for their projects.
Digital platforms and technological solutions make the content more accessible, sustainable and democratic. The streamed screenings and online question and answer sessions bring in unexpected benefits coupled with a vaster reach, due to the elimination of physical constraints and logistical issues associated with big events.
Case in Point: Disabled audiences were earlier unable to access or be part of the event, and were now optimistic about the technological elements deployed, which helped them tremendously.
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Self-esteem was a measurement of ...
The theory is that if everyone has high self-esteem, then everyone will be successful and live a happy life. If a society was inoculated with high self-esteem, it would end poverty, crime, and violence.
But, one should take into account that high self-esteem could be the result of success, not necessarily the cause. Also, thinking that only one thing can explain how to be successful, is probably naive.
There’s actually very little correlation between self-esteem and success. Research on self-esteem strongly correlates with how good people feel, in general.
Self-esteem is complex and can be a good or a bad thing, depending on what is measured.
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... is found in the old and popular communities of the internet, working mostly on science-fiction and fantasy literature, with new story arcs of old worlds and characters.
The premise and ...
As the content is based on an existing book, TV show, movie, video game, or something they already love, the participants have a genuine interest and personal identification with the topic.
Websites specializing in fan-fiction are using the existing bodies of work, playing and tinkering with it, while providing feedback to each other. In this process, the participants are learning and teaching each other to write well. The continuous, constructive feedback helps make fanfiction writing a collective effort, which is sometimes better than the original, in which only one mind was involved.
This kind of vast, community-based learning is called distributed mentorship.
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