The course of the extension of enhanced community quarantine, we can all still discover virtuous reasons to hope for an end to this global pandemic.
So, let’s not only extend the lockdown but also the celebration of Easter, a time of reflections and reassurance. Why don’t we use this season of movie or series marathon to remind us of the certainty that comes from faith and goodness? Check out the shortlist of recommended movies that shows story of hope, love and victory.
The Chosen (since 2017)
Being the largest crowdfunded production, $10.3M in equity and counting, The Chosen is an online historical drama series that is very different from any movie or series of the same subject. It has a fresh take on Jesus and His ministry that makes it very relatable, sometimes humorous. It’s easy to forget that the people who crossed His path were ordinary folk like ourselves, with lives, spouses, families, money troubles and issues with authority. As we see ourselves in each characters who have interacted with Jesus, we also see the same triumph, deliverance and transformation that we can also have.
Miracle on Cell No.7 (2019)
In a setting of injustice, this prison drama is about a kind-hearted but mentally challenged father who goes to jail for a crime he didn’t commit. After being smuggled as a kid, her daughter grew up to be a lawyer and made her mission to prove her father’s innocence. This tear jerking Filipino re-make of Lee Hwan-kyu’s Miracle in Cell No. 7 shows a story of enduring hope, sacrifice and bravery in the midst of dubiety and malice.
Collateral Beauty (2016)
Howard Inlet, an advertising executive played by Will Smith, becomes depressed post the tragic death of his young daughter Olivia. While his concerned friends plan to oust him off his company, Inlet seeks answers from the universe by writing letters to Love, Time and Death–letters that contain the exact emotions we all resonate with. With the unexpected replies from the letters, we are reminded that even the deepest loss can reveal meaning and beauty.
Soul Surfer (2011)
Based on the true story of Bethany Hamilton, a champion surfer who in her early teens was attacked by a shark and lost almost all of her left arm. One month later, she was back on a surfboard, has since won several championships and is at age 21 a professional surfer. The inspiring optimism and determination of Hamilton shows that our sense of stability does not come from our external situation but the situation of the heart.
This is a story of a mother named Saima caring for her daughter Aisa dying of aggressive brain cancer. At the hospital, she was informed that Aisa’s tumour has grown and the hospital’s best offer is palliative care. To distract herself from the grief and her daughter from the pain, she recounts the story of the dragons that plagued the island years before–which is emphasizes a point about the malignancy of conflict within Filipino society. Midst the tremendous loss of life, the central mother figure retains grace and dignity–just like our land will after any war, pandemic or any form of national predicament.