The Great Debators

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The Great Debaters

The Great Debater is an entertaining educational, thought-provoking and inspiring story of self-actualization, self-reliance and triumph, of the underdogs beating all odds to win the national championship despite the obstacles they face. This movie is a Dramatic Fiction, reflecting the challenges of racism. It certainly speaks to an audience of not just adults but teenagers too. I was drawn to this movie because I like Denzel Washington he plays the character Melven Tolson: the school's English professor and social activist. This film in my opinion, is an excellent attempt to open to viewers the crucial role played by education in the nation's struggle to overcome barriers of prejudice, inequality and injustice. The movie was staged on the campus of Wiley College in Marshall, Texas; a black institution in the Jim Crow South of the 1935 it shows this struggle and the future triumph of the forces of moral justice. My first reaction to this movie, at the initial reading of the title, was a feeling of familiarity. The movie strike’s me at once as down to earth and relevant, and that sense of familiarity never really leaves. It has the same sort of feeling as a sport movie with a team that will either win or lose like Remember the Titans. Even though this movie follows a familiar path, it does so with grace, intelligence, and complexity. Just because we know where a story is going doesn't mean the journey there has to be dull. The Great Debaters provides a genuinely engaging rags-to-riches tale. It reaches out to people. This leads me to speak firstly about the film's historical background which is colored with the humiliation and persecution of African- Americans. This is primarily because the film does not minimize racially sensitive issues, the Great Debaters plunges to the core of discrimination and injustice. It challenges viewers to make sense of the challenges blacks faced in a white world. When James Farmer Sr., accompanied by his...
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