The movie The Good Lie, gives excellent perspective on the cultural differences that span from country to country. Additionally, these tragic circumstances show the adaptability that when put to the test can be done. At the beginning of the movie you can see the dynamic of the family change once the children on their own. These Sudan children learn to use basic survival tenniques in hope of finding some sanctuary. Within these tragic circumstances of war, religion seemed to be a key piece to focus on to help them cope with the severity of the situation they are in. For instance, Theo’s selves act to save his siblings form becoming a child soldier, shows the un-breaking bound that built their strength together. Furthermore, it was the bond …show more content…
Even when this family was traveling to the refugee camp and saw the dying man by the tree, they still helped him and give him food, even though they themselves did not have much. This can also be seen by giving away the shoes off their feet when going to the airport and Ameer giving fruit to Karrie for helping them find jobs. Moreover, this gave the reality of how as a society we have become inherently selfish. From the standpoint of these individuals even someone with little to know means is rich in some way. Overall, a majority of individuals today see themselves as struggling in some way, yet to those from a third world country they would see many resources. Nevertheless, cultural competency is something that was lacking significantly throughout when addressing Ameer and his siblings. This can be seen fist off by the way their host mother talked about not having room for their sister. In reality they have been sleeping out the ground in huts in Sudan, so this space would be more than enough. Also, with changing Ameer and Jerimiah’s names to mike and jerry when they get the jobs at the supermarket. Or when the “lost boys” ask about the dangerous of lions and when Paul talks about his scare. These people simply laughed when in actuality that was the reality of their lives every day. These are things that if these individuals were more culturally competent, such …show more content…
Ameer especially holds extreme guilt over what happened to his brother Theo. He personal holds responsibility over this, blaming himself for what happened to his brother. This is something that would require extensive counseling to overcome. This has some resolve when Ameer seeks out his brother. Once he finds his brother, it is the ultimate act of repayment and selflessness when Ameer gives Theo his spot in America. For Ameer this is his own personal “good lie,” in his mind he is giving Theo life back for saving his. Nonetheless, Ameer has a strong role at the Refugee camp in Sudan helping with the ill. He may have felt that being in Sudan was the best place for
Strength is having the courage to carry on during hard times. No matter what was happening in the lives of the characters they still kept going on throughout their lives. One example is when Big Mama died and she normally held the family together. The family had to continue their lives without her and this could have been hard for them to do.
The film God Grew Tired of Us is a documentary about the journey of a couple of Sudanese “lost boys” to their new lives in the United States. The film is divided in two parts. The first one gives the historical background of what led to the boys’ situation at the time the documentary was being filmed and what their lifestyle at Kakuma camp looks like. It starts by recounting the events that led up to the Second Sudanese Civil War of 1983. The conflict was fought along ethno religious lines between the Muslim North and the non-Muslim South. By 1983, 27,000 people, including the lost boys, from the South were forced to flee as the Sudanese government, held in the hands by northerners, announced that all men in south should be killed regardless of age. After a short stay in an Ethiopian refugee camp, the boys finally arrived to Kakuma refugee
Acts of Faith (2005) is a breathtaking account of civil war and genocide in Sudan penned by Phillip Caputo. The characters veritably dance with life among the pages as they try to help the starving multi-ethnic Sudanese tribes. Set in the mid 1990's, there are no clearly defined protagonists or antagonists as Caputo shows in the novel the full circle of human nature, both evil and good, selfish and selfless.
In the novel Poor People, written by William T. Vollmann asks random individuals if they believe they are poor and why some people are poor and others rich. With the help of native guides and translators, and in some cases their family members, they describe what they feel. He depicts people residing in poverty with individual interviews from all over earth. Vollmann’s story narrates their own individual lives, the situations that surround them, and their personal responses to his questions. The responses to his questions range from religious beliefs that the individual who is poor is paying for their past sins from a previous life and to the rational answer that they cannot work. The way these individuals live their life while being in poverty
Throughout the entire film when you see society in Dharavi they were constantly working and on the move. In the video there was people walking up and down the street, cooking bread, picking through garbage, studying, and making pottery. As a whole the people who live in the slum are extremely hard working. Their life depends on this hard work and they know that. The society we live in is not like this. For most of our society, if we do not have to work a day we don 't. We have the option to do that and very many of us take it for granted. We do not have to walk miles everyday just to get water that isn 't sanitary. We do not have to pick through garbage in unsafe conditions to make a living. In comparison to the people of Dharavi our society seems kind of lazy in my eyes. Some of us can sleep the entire day away and not think twice of it. Some kids have the option to live with their parents well into their twenties and not have to pay a single bill, but the people of Dharavi would not survive if they did not work. The people of Dharavi have so little yet work so hard in life, when we have so much and in comparison to them we work so little. Seeing the conditions they live in and the motivation they have to get up and work hard everyday is extremely motivating to me as a kid. I do not want to be someone that takes everything America has to offer for granted when there are kids over there living in a slum that will never experience these luxuries. 306
Similar to many other lively pleasures, humor can only be experienced if it resonates with a person. Without some kind of comprehension, there cannot be any type of reaction. Only once an outlandish statement, inappropriate remark, or unexpected situation, is remotely understood will a person be able to label it comical or sober. Since there are billions of people worldwide with their own languages including it’s respective idioms, euphemisms, the age old saying of “there is truth in every joke” applies to each culture individually.
The Young men observe life in New York, Ghana and Peru trying to find what the meaning of life is. When the men went to the different places I learned that in order to fully understand someone’s situation you need to place yourself in their shoes. There are so many people around the world who are living in a way unlike my own. I think it is truly important to go out and experience it all before making assumptions about people and their way of
All of these elements, love, time and stream of consciences give us, as Brooks states, “the brothers status as human beings. ”4 Through each character we see the stream of consciences marking memories with each person. With this stream of consciences comes the complex kind of love each one has towards another.
In Behind the Beautiful Forevers, Katherine Boo affirms that in some areas or situations like the slums of Annawadi, people's moral compasses are usually sabotaged or tainted. That many turn to such ways out of need to survive and commonly begin to think in ‘an every man for himself’ mentality. She says that in a “world so capricious that helping a neighbor is to risk the ability to feed your family” and that “the idea of mutually supportive poor community is demolished”.
Showcasing a strong tie between plot and character background strengthened the foundation of each character and made them more relatable to the reader. The portrayal of the families and their dysfunction shows that not every family is a picture-perfect example of what a typical family is but its unrealistic to believe that every family doesn’t have their own troubles and rocky patches but it’s the family’s dysfunction that in all builds the characters to who they are and what moved the plot forward in many ways and can be related to ones own
This view the whiteman has is dehumanizing and belittling. To counteract these prejudices, they find peaceful and creative ways to fend the ignorance of the tourists. This form of humor gives them an outlet of angry feelings and helps negate frustrating situations. This also shows the nature of Native people because as they joke with the tourists, they use themselves as the butt of the joke. For example, the clowns of the Tewa pueblo dances.
In recent years the US has experienced a large influx of migration. Immigrants come from many different countries, races, religions and for many different reasons. One group of immigrants that received national attention is a group from Sudan that has been called “The Lost Boys”. The reason behind the national attention is due to the dramatic circumstances that brought them to America. To understand these circumstances it is important to understand their history. Sudan is the largest country in Africa. It is between two powerful cultural regions, the Islamic north and the Christian south. Africa has more than 400 languages and dialects. There are 597 different ethnic groups with a variety of traditional indigenous religions, many of these fall into the two major religious groups of the Islamic north and the Christian south (South Sudanese Friends International 1).
In this quote, Ma explains that poor people are the only people who understand suffering and the fear of suffering. They are the only ones during this time that can feel sympathy for other sufferers. So, they help others because they hope that one day, if necessary, someone else would help them.
However, I believe that giving resources to an underperforming community, replaces a culture of poverty with a culture of dependency. Ultimately, a culture of dependency is worse than a culture of poverty because it strips the community of its identity. By changing the rules within the culture, dependency creates a limited mindset where people strive to only do the minimum. Therefore, the notion of bridging the gap between a culture of poverty and society becomes hazy, since there has to be a way to treat those that are apart of poverty and those that are apart of the larger society as equals. The preceding sparks the question of does the onlooker have to behave in some ways to change the culture’s people; that is – should the onlooker seek to improve the inhabitants’ work ethic, optimism, and the ability to follow the rules.
Now, it would be hard to think of any good coming out of living in such conditions. But just like a many things in this so-called existence, a person would have to look very hard to find the good things. There are, in fact, good things about living in the pits of poverty. For instance, children that are poor tend to appreciate things much more than a child with a more “privileged” life. When they get new things, they treat those things like intricately wrought gold, or a fine work of art. To them, a brand-new pair of ‘Jordan’ gym shoes or a ’PS2’ seems like pure treasure. Over time, this quality of appreciation will develop continually over the years. They will make responsible choices on things that they will always appreciate. With hope and a prayer, they will be able to pass down this quality to their future generations.