Most Inspiring Films Of The Last Decade
Ahead of the inspiring story of the 17 year old Malala Yousafzai out in cinemas this Friday, we have decided to take a look back at some of the most inspiring films of the last decade.
The Social Network
Telling the story of Facebook entrepreneur Mark Zuckberg, we see a young college boy working hard to make his dreams and ambitions become a reality. An inspirational story for all aspiring entrepenuers.
The Pursuit Of Happyness
Here we see the fantastic Will Smith playing Chris Gardener, a single father and homeless salesman. As Chris is evicted from his flat, due to not paying his rent, himself and his small son are forced to roam the streets looking for somewhere to sleep. Chris struggles to make ends meat and after impressing a manager from a stoke broking firm, he takes part in a competitive internship to land a paid position as a broker. In the mean time, Chris and his son spend nights in homeless shelters and on bathroom floors, despite their poverty Chris and his son inspire the audience with their close relationship, love and inability to give up as Chris works hard to secure a place within the firm.
From Kathryn Stockett’s 2009 best-selling novel set in 1960s Massachusetts, comes the inspirational story of young Skeeter, played by Emma Stone, who having had a close relationship with her maid growing up, decides to write a controversial novel on what it is like to be a black maid working for a white family in 1960s Massachusetts.
A true story about a coach named Ken Carter who arrives at Richmond High School and turns his students’ lives around. Coach Carter is extremely passionate not only about basketball, but also about education and how learning comes first. Carter tells all his students that in order to play on his team, they must maintain good grades in all of their classes.
The Blind Side
Based on a true story, here we follow the life of young Michael, a young boy who comes from a troubled background whom struggles with reading and writing. When he befriends young Sean Tuohy a friendship begins to form. When the rich Mrs Tuohy discovers that Michael is borderline homeless and looking for somewhere to stay out of the rain, she offers her home for the evening. The Tuohy family fall in love with the fantastic Michael and formally adopt him. The Tuohys help Michael with his education and to achieve his potential as a college football player.
12 Years A Slave
Based on a true story of a man’s fight for survival as a slave. Solomon Northup is captured and sold into slavery and spends twelve years trying to keep himself as safe as possible and to return home to his family.
He Named Me Malala
Seventeen-year-old Nobel prize winner Malala Yousafzai who has always been extremely passionate about school, education and girls’ rights to attend. In 2009 Malala began writing a blog for the BBC under a pseudonym as the military hold on the northwest district of Pakistan Malala lived in intensified. Malala’s popularity and national recognition grew, and for this the Taliban wanted to take action. Malala and her father both received death threats, and on 9th October 2012, a masked Taliban gunman forced his way on to Malala’s school bus and shot her through the head, neck and shoulder. Malala survived the attack, however she was in a critical condition in and only released from hospital in January 2013. Since Malala’s recovery she has been as passionate on the rights for education as ever and in 2014 was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize to which she exclaimed she would continue to work for education until every child can go to school. After the attack in 2014 Malala started the ‘Malala Fund’ to bring awareness to the social and economic impact of girls’ education and to empower girls to raise their voices, to unlock their potential, and to demand change.
All of these fantastic films have brought inspiration to us in one form of another and you will be able to see Malala’s amazing story in cinemas on Friday.