North Country

Recently (as in the last 18 months), we’ve seen some excellent movies with a conscience which are based on a true story. These have included Whale Rider, Hotel Rwanda, and, last night, North Country.

North Country is about a female miner in northern Minnesota who filed the first sexual harassment lawsuit back in 1984 (which didn’t get settled until 1998!).

Three thoughts in response to the film (warning: movie spoilers ahead!)

  1. An excellent apologetic against abortion takes place near the end of the film when it is revealed that her son is the result of rape. Josey, the main character and mother in this scene, speaks honestly to her son about the painful reminder of rape he was as he was growing in her womb and her tummy got bigger and bigger. But yet, she knew that he (that is, her son) should not be associated or blamed for the evil of rape, but rather he was beautiful. As you watch the scene, you see her son–a human being–who would have been killed through an abortion. That is, it clearly shows us what (a person) is being destroyed through abortion. [related: Trotting out the toddler]
  2. Ironically, in the film extras there is an interview with a rep from NOW (National Organization of Women) which is a strong supporter of women’s “reproductive rights” [read: abortion]. (By this, I believe, they would only support the rights of a woman outside of the womb and not of a young woman inside the womb [read: female baby].)
  3. There is a flashback to the rape scene. As we watch it as a society, we are properly infuriated, angry, and cry for justice as we see the helpless and innocent victim violated in a most personal way. But do we display the same hatred against other sexual perversions which also degrade women such as pornography, sexual innuendos, and even the “standards” of girl’s and women’s clothing which nearly force them to dress in a compromising manner? No, rather we laud these and other degradations of women. Hmm, who else has a forked tongue?

Humans–both men and women–are created in the image of God. I am thankful for a movie like North Country which calls us to treat all–men and women / old and young–as such.

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  1. Hotel Rwanda was excellent. It left a profound impact on Brian and I right before we went to East Africa. There’s a “Frontline” called “Ghosts of Rwanda” that fills in a lot of the concrete details that weren’t covered in the narrative – it includes interviews with the UN commander, the only American that stayed in Rwanda during that time, and a survivor of one of the massacres. I’ve also heard that “Sometimes in April” is a good movie about the genocide, but I haven’t seen that one yet…

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