Films with difficult subject matter should really be the subtitle to this post. Last night’s movie was Selma, charting the extreme violence levelled at those willing to risk personal injury to stand up for basic human rights. Tonight’s film was Kill the Messenger, another film based on true events, detailing the CIA’s links to the trafficking of drugs into the U.S. from Nicaragua, with the express aim of raising money to fund a war against pro-Russian forces in Central America.
As disheartening as these stories are, it is reassuring that we get to hear about them. The mechanisms of our current democratic systems, whether they be the U.S. or the European model, allow for such stories to be told, and although they may leave one feeling powerless, there is hope in the knowledge that people in office can be held accountable and that pressure can be applied to ensure that such things never happen again.
Of course, we must not be fooled into thinking that there will not be various other forms of scandalous behaviour committed by those in authority, by those who really should know better, but as the access to information increases in this age of unprecedented technological advancement, the ability for those wrongdoers to cover their deeds in secrecy and deception is ever decreasing. Perhaps this fundamental shift in power will serve to engage those who have become apathetic towards the very systems that govern our lives.
Perhaps a more light-hearted film tomorrow…