Today I bought Bill Nighy's fantastic tele-movie called "The Girl in the Cafe", after seeing some clips on youtube and falling in love with the awkward but touching relationship between the two main characters. But what I didn't realise is that this film has a much deeper message. A profound, impacting message that leaves you wondering how you ever got through life not thinking of the things this film stirs within you. Yes, it is about romance and finding the joys in life, but the big issue here is World Poverty, and the G8 summit.
As the character Gina instills within the minds of the electives of each of the countries at the summit, one child dies of starvation every three seconds. Every year thousands of mothers watch their children die, only to die themselves not long after. And while we sit comfortably in our little heated houses or air-conditioned apartments, there are simply millions of people who will not have a home to go tonight. It is a terrible, nagging thought at the back of one's mind that this is happening every minute in the world around us, and it no doubt can make anybody feel helpless. The film leaves us to make our choice of what happens; do the leaders come to the agreement that world poverty is the top of the agenda and that action will take place immediately, or will it simply be pushed down the list and something more "realistic" will be chosen to act upon? Sometimes it is hard to believe that there is even a choice there. Yet every year these people meet and nothing seems to happen.
But, as concert benefits like World8 and Bandaid help us remember, we can make a difference. Gina speaks out and says what her heart believes is right, and through this she makes an impact, albiet small, on the people around her. We can't all be lucky enough to find ourselves as a guest at the G8 summit, but we can help. However preachy I might sound it is true, and you probably know it. And the last thing you need is somebody telling you that this is all happening, but isn't it funny how one, little tele movie can remind you of all these things, and awake those feelings inside of you?
I'm not often serious here on my LJ, but I feel that this a rare moment in which I'm willing to speak up. Watch this film; or if already feel the way I do, act on your feelings. Follow your heart, listen to what's happening in the news, make an impact on somebody else. Donate money to a foundation in which you know is going to help, and not simply send money to people who will probably never get to spend it. There is hope, there is a way to solve the world's problems. If we got ourselves into this mess, then we can sure as hell get ourselves out of it. Be part of the generation that changes the world.
Do what you think is right. Nothing is impossible.