Thursday, January 4, 2018

Step (2017)

As Roger Ebert famously stated, "Movies are the most powerful empathy machine in all the arts." When I watch movies from foreign countries like Iran, I often think about how beneficial it would be for all Americans to watch them. They would be shocked at how much they share in common with people a world away who are supposedly our, "enemy". The same could be said about a documentary like Step. It's sad to think that it would require a film to make people realize how much they have in common with someone they share a country with, but that's the world we live in today. There are so many outlets for information and entertainment that people are able to live in a carefully curated bubble just for them where they only see/hear things that reinforce what they already believe. That's why art like this documentary is important. It bursts the bubble and helps us recognize our shared humanity.

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