Human Flow Documentary Analysis

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I have never lived away from home before attending college, so at times I feel homesick for the luxuries my family home provided me with. For example, I greatly miss my cats, my sister, having a private kitchen and bathroom, access to a car, and our spacious backyard. I often cannot wait to go home as I know all these things await me. I even frequently complain about missing these aspects of my life. For the millions of people displaced across the globe the feelings I have are massively multiplied as they are not just away from their home for a few months, but instead forced to abandon their homes forever. The human rights film that I watched was Human Flow, and the main topic discussed was the life and perils of people forcibly displaced from …show more content…

This is the phenomenon in which human dignity is being stripped from refugees. To begin, people displaced are left with no sense of security; thus, leading to a deep sense of hopelessness as their life and those under their care is all in the hands of other people. Next, refugees are often mistreated and have a stigma around them. One man interviewed talked of the shame induced upon him due to being a stateless drifter, although his position in life was entirely out of his control. Finally, displaced people cannot advance their situation as jobs are not viable and their youth are not receiving an educated. Overall, the pursuits of life are taken away from refugees and with it their dignity as a human being is chiseled away. According to Catholic Social Teaching, all people possess dignity, yet through displacement large masses of people are continuously subjected to situations that leave them utterly un-empowered. What I feel this disconnect unveils is the importance of another key feature of Catholic Social Teaching, the promotion of justice. Although, not everyone is Catholic or religious, I think multitudes of individuals would agree that people hold the right to having dignity as a human. Therefore, one of the underlying themes of this film is how to help displaced …show more content…

Some countries are open and actively working to promote well-being through charity and acts to achieve justice. In opposition some countries are not willing to take on the responsibilities of letting displaced people into their borders. After seeing the lifestyle displaced people face each day the film encouraged me to do what I can to spread awareness about the unsteady world refugees face. I know that I would have a difficult time living like a displaced person and I cannot begin to image the fear, sadness, and struggles each day brings. Although, as an individual I do not feel I can achieve much impact, I do believe that sharing the messages presented in the film will bring greater understanding to others and from there a stronger force can be achieved. A scene that I think demands attention and exemplifies the need for a more stringent focus to be placed on displaced people is when the film showed the journey and the contributions made in order to relocate a tiger into the wild. This scene was when the fact that more needs to be done for refugees really stood out to me. Much effort was put into releasing the tiger and many individuals assisted, if asked people would generally agree that the tiger deserved the help. However, people still question the resources put into helping refugees. Are

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