Much loved Australian actor Kate Blanchett has collaborated with the United Nations refugee agency UNHCR and film website IMDb to share a “Films of Hope” lockdown watch list which she says will put the spotlight on the growing struggles faced by refugees.
In this time of COVID-19 it is easy to find yourself focussing inward and concentrating on what life means for you. These films shine a spotlight on vulnerable others. The films are inspirational, and I think this can take us away from own worries. Perhaps for some of us, it limits the amount of light entertainment we are mindlessly streaming in isolation!
The two-time Academy Award winner has curated six films which focus and explore themes around human resilience and isolation as well as what it means to have hope and a home.
The selection features movies from around the world including several of my favourites Babel, The Other Side of Hope, News from Home and The Joy Luck Club. I also add another of my favourites about displacement and home that is not on the list — Lion.
UNHCR Australia National Director Naomi Steer said she hoped Ms Blanchett’s watch list will help connect people but also remind them of the importance of supporting others during the pandemic.
If you have time, please think about making a donation to one of the many agencies working with refugees. I find it is positive for my state of mind to reach out and help others. The two agencies I am involved with need financial and other support now – Edmund Rice Centre WA and CARAD
At the same time watch a movie and be inspired!