Day 9: Watch a movie or documentary

If you enjoy movies, documentaries, and learning about other cultures, then you will enjoy day 9 of our 31 days of compassion. Today, we want to watch a movie or documentary that highlights poverty or another culture from around the world. This activity may not be appropriate for younger viewers, unless parents are able to find suitable material. If this is possible, please share what you found in the comments. Andy and I are of course planning to do this activity with you today, and we are looking forward to learning more about poverty and/or other cultures. We have not yet viewed such movies or documentaries, so this is a new experience for us.


Here are some movies and documentaries we found


• As we forgive: Shares about the healing and forgiveness that has occurred since the Rwandan Genocide

• The First Grader: Based on a true story, this movie tells of an 84-year-old man in Kenya who wants to become literate in response to a new law for universal education.

• Half the sky: Profiles women in ten countries who are fighting to turn very tragic and oppressive situations into stories of hope


Have you seen any of the above titles? If so, would you recommend them? Why or why not? Do you have any recommendations of movies or documentaries that highlight issues of poverty or other cultures from around the world? Do you have any movies or documentaries you would suggest for younger viewers? What did you choose to view for today’s challenge, and what were your thoughts? How did this experience prompt you to show compassion to others? We look forward to reading and sharing your experiences, and be sure to come back tomorrow for our first-ever giveaway!



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2 thoughts on “Day 9: Watch a movie or documentary

  1. I love The First Grader! I also like to recommend the documentary Angels in the Dust, about a wonderful couple who have dedicated their lives to helping orphans and ending the AIDS crisis in Uganda. Born Into Brothels is another good documentary about children in India.

    Also, Half the Sky has a facebook game! It’s a lot of fun! You learn a lot while accomplishing little “quests.”

    • Hi Jessi,
      Thanks for all of your recommendations! We may actually be watching The First Grader tomorrow evening. We’ll check out Angels in the Dust as well. We never heard of it until you commented here, so thank you! We also were not aware that Half The Sky has a Facebook game, so we’ll check this out too!
      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment, and have a blessed weekend!

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