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Activists in Birmingham launch Project "C" (confrontation). Led by Martin Luther King Jr, and organized by Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). Martin Luther King Jr used nonviolent action tactics to show that some laws were unfair. He believed that the actions of the police would be violent and by not reacting back to the violence then they would get sympathy from the people and show that they are not the ones causing the violence. When Martin Luther King jr got arrested it made a huge impact on the movement. "I don't know whether I can raise money to get people out of jail. I do know that I can go into jail with them." While he was in jail he wrote a piece called "Letter from Birmingham" on a newspaper, which later was read by all. This movement made a large impact and was successful.
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The scene that was most memorable to me was when they showed the man that was killed during Rock Avalanche. I thought it was very shocking to see the actual true emotions of the men when they saw that he was dead. Actually seeing the man dead, and know that it was real life and not just some movie with actors made it a film that cannot compare to any other. It’s hard to realize the actuality of the war when it’s being portrayed by actors, and this film made it real. They were not acting; it was what they really went though. Just the raw emotions really stood out for me.
I would definitely recommend this film to friends/family. I think that everyone should see this film. It will make people realize what war is actually like. I think that a lot of us here in American forget that we are in a war, and there are people risking their lives every day for us. It would give them a perspective of what these soldiers went though. There not just telling their story to us, they are showing us everything that they went though.
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
The scene that was most memorable to me was when the soldiers came in and had to see the innocent people and children that they had accidently killed or hurt. It stood out to me because it is terrible that in war some people have to die when they shouldn't in order for the ones that ought to be killed to be killed. These people and kids were innocent and probably carrying out chores and everyday life when they were brutally bombed unexpectedly.
I would definitely recommend this movie to any adult who does not understand the concept or severity of war like me. I had no idea that the soldiers were under this constant fire from all sides. It was just amazing.
The scene where Rice says "Ruegal got killed, best guy got killed. What's gonna happen to me, or the guy to my right or to my left?" seems very emotional because once you see someone actually get killed, I can see why he would think "well when will I go? or my buddy?"
The person I would have recommended it too had already seen it. He mentioned his buddy being in the Cornwall Valley right now and it hasn't gotten any better then what the movie tells. He has been in the Army and was in Irac, he told me that is a pretty good example of what war is like there. Having to watch your back every sec. because you never whats going to happen.
The scene that was most memorable to me was when the soldiers set up Outpost Restrepo. OP Restrepo was a small victory for the troops. It was a sign of strength for American troops. They had secured a good outpost and were able to hold it down, giving them the upper hand on part of the valley.
I would recommend this film to family and friends because it shows the attitude and feelings our soldiers have while fighting overseas. It also shows that while it may seem we are fighting a losing war, we are making progress.
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
The most memorable scene of the documentary was when it showed the soldiers in silence. Many soldiers were interviewed throughout the documentary and many had heartbreaking, gut-retching, or funny stories about the war. However, when each of the soldiers got to the point of silence and just stared into space was that one scene that I'll always remember. In their eyes you could see suffering, untold stories, and unforgettable experiences. Their silence to me, meant more than any of the stories they told. These were tough men, mentally and physically, but they were to the point of breaking down. Nothing is more memorable then those face of those soldiers.
I would only recommend this to people to watch, if they actually want to learn about war. I would highly recommend this video as an educational and breath-taking video. However, I would never recommend this to my family, simply because my grandfather fought in the Vietnam War. War is a sensitive topic for my family and this video would have emotionally been to much for my family, because they don't want to see how horrible my grandfather had to suffer. He had to do horrible things in war, many were so bad that they are untold stories just like the ones you could see in those soldiers eyes.
The most profound concept that stood out to me during the clip was how, despite being in the equivalent of hell on earth, the soldiers were able to stick together and still find enjoyment. Despite their comrades falling in battle, war going on all around them, they were able to find time to smile and keep their spirits up regardless the situation they were in. Their training and strength of will bonded them closer together as their predicament seemed to be able to get no worse.
The scene which was most memorable was the reaction in Rock Avalanche when a soldier was shot and killed. Most men in our society are taught crying is a sign of weakness and try to hide their emotions. This soldier didn’t care about others around and truly showed the anguish he felt of losing a friend. At first I felt awkward when I saw him crying since I usually don’t see men cry. But then I gained respect for him. In the midst of combat, he bared his emotions in front of his men and didn’t care.
I would recommend this to some of my family so they can have a better understanding on the exact details that happen overseas. Most people just assume the war and what happens while the soldiers are gone. I think this video would help them really know what it’s like to be away from home and lose close friends from following orders. I think this video would help people understand soldiers aren’t the ones to blame for war; they’re just doing their job.
The scene that was most memorable for me was when a soldier was playing on his guitar and singing. Even though all of this chaos was going on around these men there was still moments where they felt safe enough to try to enjoy themselves and do something to relax them.
I would recommend this film to friends and family because it shows just how dangerous war can be. It also shows that people in the military are human and they go in scared even though they appear not to be. Watching this movie further increased my respect for people serving daily to protect our freedom.
The most memorable scene in the movie was the part with the cow incident. It was the first time where the civilians came down from their homes to go to the American fort. The scene was also at the peak of humor in the video, which made it more memorable for me.
I would probably not recommend this video for kids or anyone not interested in the war. It would be a good documentary for older people interested on what the front lines of Afghan looks like.
One of the things that really struck me as I watched Restrepo was how much ambiguity and chaos there was in the whole situation. Nowadays people seem to expect order and control even in war. The phrase “War has become routine” could only occur in a world where people expect things to follow very orderly patterns. Restrepo seems to challenge this concept and implies that war is still mostly chaotic and uncontrollable. Even if war is routine in concept its execution is still a difficult road to walk. Even just negotiations appear very nerve wracking and uncertain as the movie shows the captain trying to bridge cultural differences and years of mistrust in his talks with village elders. I think the uncertainty is best seen whenever the men talk about accidents. The accidents seem so frequent and vary greatly in their effects on the men. In particular when the captain describes how his orders “killed five men who didn’t pull the trigger [attack them] but were in some way connected to [the Taliban]” (Restrepo) you truly see how ambiguous the missions, enemies, and consequences really are.
For me the most memorable scene is when one of the soldiers begins crying upon seeing his friend killed during the fire fight. It seems easy to think that soldiers are desensitized to death but this seems to be only partially true in my opinion. It is more soldiers are desensitized to murder, not death. Everyone is still affected when they lose someone they care about, the only reason soldiers appear desensitized is because they can’t stop fighting every time they lose someone. If they did then they would lose everything that person had died for. Seeing one of the soldiers break down and begin crying helped me remember that every single death still mattered to these people, regardless of if they saw death a lot or not.
Restrepo is an exceptionally good movie for explaining what it felt like to be the soldiers stationed in one of the most unpleasant war zones in the world. I would easily recommend seeing the movie to learn more about the war and the people in it, especially since it tastefully avoids large amounts of blood. It isn’t the most refined movie, if refinement is all you’re looking for you’d probably want to go with Hotel Rwanda over Restrepo in terms of war movies and Kandahar probably shows the lives of the Middle Eastern people more accurately. Looking solely from the perspective of soldiers, Restrepo is one of the best choices and I would recommend it to people so long as they are interested in the war already. If one isn’t interested in the war to begin with then Restrepo won’t change his or her mind anytime soon.
What struck me the most about the film Restrepo was the constant state of fear the soldiers were in. The troop was stationed in one of the most dangerous places in war and in turn feared for their safety. Upon arriving, one of the soldiers expressed this fear when he said, “The monkeys were howling and I thought they were Taliban.” The soldiers paid attention to every sound and movement around them in case it was made by the enemy. Later in the film a soldier further expressed this feeling when he said, “The fear is always there, especially at night.” Despite their constant state of fear, the soldiers fought for the safety of Americans with great sacrifice.
The scene that was most memorable to me was the scene when the troop got together to remember Restrepo. They told stories and in a way brought life back to their lost friend. This short scene stood out to me because it shows the unity of the group. Each soldier has a different past and personality yet they had formed a family that supported and respected each other. Perhaps this unity is what gave the soldiers hope through the testing times of war.
I would definitely recommend this film to my friends and family. It gives great insight to the experiences of soldiers at war. The film did not seem to be partial to one perspective but instead was authentic to all sides of war. It shows both the good and the bad of the experiences at war. My friends and family could learn a lot from watching Restrepo.