ICP looks at the impact of “The Hate U Give”
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With the recent release of “Crazy Rich Asians,” Hollywood has been putting out a lot of movies that reflect and tell different stories not commonly produced. “The Hate U Give” was released on October 5, starring the rising actress Amandla Stenberg. Westmont’s very own ICP or Intercultural Programs went to the Riviera Theatre to watch and meet some of the cast members alongside director George Tillman, Jr. Shakayla Manwarren, part of the Black Student Union, met Amandla Stenberg commenting: “She’s really inspirational, we’re about the same age, I just wanted to thank her for being a voice for young women of color in the movie industry.” The film, which tells the story of a teenage girl, Starr Carter (Amandla Stenberg), who after witnessing the police shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil (Algee Smith), tries to find her own voice in a society and community that only means to suppress her. Manwarren continues to talk about the film, saying, “I think it covered a variety of topics, from police brutality to how people of color navigate predominately white spaces, and even biracial relationships.”
Films like these are useful in the community that people turn a blind eye towards. With all of the recent catastrophes taking place in everyday life, a majority of people have developed a harsh callous to these events. One after the next, one swipe after another. Using a medium such as film is sophisticated and efficient in that films take a big part of people’s lives as a good form of entertainment. Film is a mixture of visual and audio, the two meeting in perfect harmony to tell a story. In comparison to just having one by itself, film is impactful in a way that the two alone would not be able to do.
Manwarren hopes that this movie will bring more awareness to the community by portraying realities in society on a big screen. “I hope that in the future, directors will be inspired and willing to make films along the lines of this one.” Stories like “The Hate U Give” need to be told. By telling important stories like “The Hate U Give,” people who are not accustomed to this specific way of life are shown true and raw emotions with the adversities people face. Often times, people are focused on their own walks of life that they forget to look up and see all the differences that make life so interesting. Movies such as these are able to open up perspective to the harsh but very real lives that are being lived today. In a community like Westmont, there’s a lot of protection from the unjust, unequal treatment. In other places, this movie is not just a film on a screen. It’s a true portrayal of daily life scrunched down to two hours and thirteen minutes. It is critical that the Westmont community searches for truth in the diverse and different paths of lives God creates. Through the sharing of these lives, the community can be a step closer to truth.