Art History: 5 Films To Keep You Inspired & Fueled to Fight for Justice

"How do we not look away while also caring for our hopeful spirit? It is important to not let go of the things that make us feel good or have once aided us in hard times."


Mariana Da Silva is the Creative Director and Founder of El Cine.

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“Hope is a dangerous thing. Hope can drive a man insane.” — Red from the film Shawshank Redemption.


That quote resonates with me in this moment. I do feel it. I feel hopeful. As dangerous as that is – we must stay active and engaged because hope cannot become passivity.


Rest, however, is a key ingredient in any fight. How do we not look away while also caring for our hopeful spirit? It is important to not let go of the things that make us feel good or have once aided us in hard times.


By now, you know of my film addiction, it’s how I learn and often how I disconnect and process. Films impact me. They move me to action.


I've been thinking how our generation has risen and I truly believe our vision of a better world is in part due to the films that have made us believe in it’s possibility. We know StarWars is a battle of good and evil. No middle ground. Much like our current fight.


My favorite recent online video was one of a very likable trumpet player playing the Evil Empire jingle as the French police marched at a protest. It was one of the most relevant videos I have seen lately. Film culture has consistently told us to stand up for moments such as these, and we have.


Right now is the perfect time to revisit the classics that shaped you. The ones that make you feel good because of their familiarity but also remind you of the strength within you.