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Movie Review: The Great Debaters

Denzel Washington’s profound character living Melvin B. Tolson’s true story – he takes us back to a time when the youth used education as a powerful weapon to demolish oppression, racism and segregation towards black people aka “Negros” in America at the time.

“You need to do what you HAVE to do in order to do what you WANT to do.”

This powerful quote is unpacked in a thought-provoking, emotional and empowering way as we you are educated about diabolic slavery methods such “Linching” – named after William Linch (an infamous slave-master).

In South Africa, we have used poetry, theatre, song writing and many other forms to fight oppression. This movie shows how African-American students became Great Debaters by telling their stories whilst fighting oppression. Indeed, the perfect movie to celebrate Youth Day so visit your nearest DVD store – I got it from Mr Video. Snuggle up and get in-touch with your fighting spirit for youth rights this month.

ACTORS: Denzel Washington, Forest Whitaker and Kimberly Elise

 

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