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What kind of power can a film have?

Can a film help to make the world a better place and change peoples attiudes? What should such films contain?

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  • May 23 2011: As a huge movie buff (not a "I like action movies for the explosions" kind of movie buff, but a "Deniro's performance in 'Awakenings' made me bawl my eyes out" kind of movie buff), I can safely say that films are very influential in the formation of opinions and beliefs of their viewers. Films succeed in this way through powerful emotional connections with their audiences. The best way to change a person's way of thinking is to get them to form strong emotional ties to the subject/dilemma at hand, which is exafctly what movies do best. Emotional investment is what movies do to draw audiences---it's what they're based on. For example, the Robert Zemeckis movie 'Contact' (based off the insanely fantastic novel of the same name by Carl Sagan) completely changed my views on relgiion and the idea of God. Of course, in this post I'm speaking for myself, but I feel that if movies can have such a strong effect on me, they can definitely effect other people the same way

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