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A Personal View on the Movies Children of Men

The movie “children of men” to me captures a more social meaning of a collapse society in which greed, corruption, social stratification and alienation dives through societies that we have developed throughout our existence as oppose to a “religious” significance as some are suggesting. The movie tells of the future of humanity in 2027 when all of women on earth were considered to be infertile. This infertility becomes a point of hopelessness among humanity and subsequently led to collapses in societies in which humans’ values became worthless.

It was in the midst of this hopelessness after solid eighteen years of solid barrenness or “no child birth” that an illegal immigrant or supposedly a “refugee” girl became pregnant for the first time. This became the hallmark for a new direction of society giving a collapse society a chance to be restored to order, respect for humanity and human values and bringing back to life the hopes and dignity of mothers throughout the world.

On a more realistic standpoint, while it may seems rarely possible for all of the females on earth to be totally infertile, the movie sets the pace as a metaphor to create the awareness of what is happening in the world today, but on a much smaller scale and different spectrum. According to the World Health Organization’s 2008 report, 2 in every 5 children born in developing countries died before their 5th birthday. Malaria is the leading cause of death in most developing countries throughout the world follow by HIV/AIDS, TB, Cholera, and dysentery. These issues to me are the real threats to humans’ existence and hope on earth with extreme poverty and the global impacts of climate change gradually emerging as the next forces to test us.

Also worth mentioning is the universal impacts of civil wars. Since the end of World I and II, there have been countless battlefields throughout the world. Developed countries turned their surplus resources into financing civil wars in developing countries to overthrow tyrannical leaders, because of their interest on the basis of the rule of Law. For example, the 1989 civil war in Liberia supported by western countries led to the death of 500,000 people and caused about 750,000 refugees and internally displaced persons and subsequently the collapse social, economic and infrastructures over a period 18 years of bloody civil war that I personally experienced (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQSjyYRTDVM or http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MjSNzNOK4qU . Also, because of previous colonial influences there have been mass killings of one ethnic group over the other. This is what happened in Rwanda during the 1994 genocide that led to the deaths of about 800,000 people in less than six months.

Children of Men portrayed a typical society that has been victimized by civil unrest. In the movie, when I saw the scene when the people were dropped from the building it reminded me of what happened in Monrovia during the early part of the war.

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