August 27, Fox 59 News reports a healing response to social media used for viral harm on August 26 (when a news reporter took the lives of fellow reporters and posted footage of his violent act on social media). Fox 59 shares an event planned to protect children from dangers in social networking and media. Also, yesterday while the world of social media was consumed with the violence filmed for it, on August 26, Christian Cinema.com has released a news article about a movie, “Different Drummers,” entitled “Different Drummers’ Hero Wants To Heal The World’s Hurts (And Battle ADHD).”
Christian Cinema.com reports that “Different Drummers,” along with other popular movies that artistically and profoundly promote healing the world’s hurts, is now available on DVD with other compelling, hopeful, inspirational movies recently seen in theaters such as the following: “Little Boy,” “Alone Yet Not Alone,” ” Do You Believe, “”Faith Of Our Fathers,” “Return to the Hiding Place,” “Noble,” “The Dropbox,” “Where Hope Grows” and many more.
Today socially responsible movies that inspire hope and healing are critically needed. As a movie entertains with cinematic artistry, it can also enlighten, educate, and edify viewers. An honest, authentic, artful movie can also be redemptive as it inspires something positive and worthy out of something that was formerly destructive. Hopeful, healing, redemptive films can present realistic, naturalistic, and honest stories in which the characters go on ultimately edifying journeys that lead them towards reconciliation, redemption, and Truth. Hopeful, healing, uplifting movies can have edifying stories that reveal universal ideas and lift viewers from negativism, cynicism, and/or pessimism to what is positive, renewing, and inspiring. Although, hopeful and healing movies can present honest, difficult struggles, they can turn what is paralyzing, degrading and debilitating to what is freeing, beautiful and eternal.
Artistic, hopeful movies often have universal appeal, thought-provoking content, rich use of language, as well as human interest, and heart-felt scenes, as they lead viewers to universal Truth. Such movies can have positive and constructive imprints for lifetimes on the minds and hearts of viewers. Many movies today have themes about heroes healing the world’s hurts such as “Big Hero Six ” and the many super-hero movies. This week a top pick movie that promotes hope and healing is “War Room.”
Fortunately, there are many more socially responsible movies that promote hope and healing coming to theaters this fall and in 2016: “Shake off the World,” “Adrenaline,” “90 Minutes in Heaven,” “Captive,” “‘Woodlawn,” “The Peanuts Movie,” “The Good Dinosaur,” “Risen,” “Kung Fu Panda 3,” “Ben-Hur,” “Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt,” “God’s not Dead 2,” “Miracles from Heaven,” “I Am Not Ashamed: Rachel Joy Scott Story,” “Same Kind of Different as Me,” “Providence,” ” 90 Minutes in Heaven,” “Do You Believe 2,” “The Resurrection of Gavin Stone,” “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair,” “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Magician’s Nephew,” “Butterfly Circus” and many more.
Rather than reinforcing and encouraging what is destructive, demeaning, devaluing, as well as dangerous in our world, hopeful, healing movies of heroes, young and old, who strive against overwhelming odds, can bring reconciliation, reclamation, and redemption to our world. Thankfully, there are heroic filmmakers and media makers who today who are persevering to counter the evil in world and to enrich our globe with such positive and constructive movies and media. Thanks to them, the Renaissance of artistry and Reformation of content continues.