Films are wonderful. For most parts they are good time killers. On instances even, they can also be great teachers. They are concise packets of information, that demands both analysation and immersion to understand.
This immersive nature, which, allows us to put a portion of ourselves into the film, and in doing so, experience emotions that we find hard to achieve ourselves, without a stimulus. A stimulus that is hard to find in our mundane non-fictitious world. After all, unlike the carefree traveller, most of us are stuck in repetitive work in order to make a living. Work that can consume a large portion of our time.
Yet, while we lack the time to live dangerously and without consequences, it is often forgotten that skinning a cat isn’t a one directional approach. To put it in rudimentary terms, humans are mortal beings; and mortal beings die. We start as youths, end as elders, and in that time frame, we learn and do whatever we can, before we meet our demise.
Humans have always understood this premise, and it is also through understanding this premise that historians pen down history so that this knowledge stays, when humans eventually go. This factual documentation sets the ground for infallible education, but while they teach us how to think, it is less often so that they teach us how to feel.
Films however are a little different; unlike a book where you can control how fast or slow you read, films are set in a manner where you flow through in accordance to the film’s timeline. It feels natural, and many times, the realism or abstraction of the film, presents us an emotional gift to take home.
The fantasy of film, presents us an opportunity to live multiple lives. We see ourselves in absurd situations, and we are presented with emotions when we see it. It is through such contemplation where we frame our emotional growth. After all maturity doesn’t come from just knowing the elements on the periodic table, but also on the elements of understanding the steps to take when a situation presents itself. How we act when someone dies; how we act when we are angry.
Films are capable of showing the aftermath of actions, and while those situations are not instructions of how to we should handle a setting, they do provide a case for us to study and to mature emotionally from.