Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Walking On A Live Volcano And Hula Dancing: Hilo Shows Spiritual Side Of Hawai'i

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Delicious fruits for sale at the Hilo Farmer's Market in Hilo, Hawai'i

By Mariechen Puchert
Associate Editor
HILO, Hawai’i, U.S.A. – For my sailing voyage around the world, Hawai’i was perhaps the single port about which I felt ambivalent. For the majority of students and staff sailing with the Semester at Sea Spring 2013 voyage, it was a final opportunity to be on American soil, to have cellular reception and to contact their loved ones on the mainland.
For me it was a port, an island I had never visited, but one I expected to find in the clichéd fashion it is portrayed in Western media. Of course, I was breaking the number one rule of traveling – never make up your mind about a place before you’ve been there – but I did not even realize my prejudices at the time.
So expecting persistent tropical-style music with too many bright colors and fruity alcoholic drinks, I stepped onto Hawaiian soil in Hilo.
Hilo is one of the two big cities on the Big Island, the other being Kona. Remember that Hawai’i is an archipelago of various islands, of which O’ahu, which hosts the state capital, Honolulu, is perhaps the best-known.
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Flowers for sale at the Hilo Farmer's Market in Hilo, Hawai'i
Hilo is not the stereotypical Hawaiian town. I should note that many locals do wear the popular Hawaiian shirt, so perhaps that part of my preconceived ideas was slightly on point.
But attending a free Hula show, followed by a free Hula class in the community center was an eye-opener. Hula is the traditional Hawaiian dance, and you may have seen the vigorous hip-shaking and scantily clad ladies doing these dances in films, even Disney’s Lilo & Stitch.
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A trail at Volcanoes National Park
The Hula that I witnessed was calm and sensual, and performed by both men and women. The accompanying music does make use of the ukulele and rhythm sticks, but the result is harmonious and far from clichéd. Watching some very accomplished Hula dancers and musicians was a highlight of my short visit to Hilo.
Later I hopped on the Hele-on bus with some of my fellow students. Destination: Volcanoes National Park. The Hele-on bus serves Hilo and surrounds, at $1 per person. With student IDs, we could ride for free, which was a wonderful reprieve.
The ride from Hilo to the volcanoes is a long 90 minutes, but as the trip progressed, more and more locals joined the bus, and soon we had the opportunity to talk with them and learn more about living in Hawai’i.
I find that the best part of traveling is talking with locals.
I spoke to a few people who support the call for Hawaiian sovereignty. Some just want tribal sovereignty, while others want a secession. I also spoke to many Hawaiians who are quite happy to be citizens of the United States of America. It was interesting to see that those of Polynesian, Asian and Caucasian descent are seen on both sides of the debate.
The Volcanoes National Park is a beautifully-preserved rainforest, hosting the active volcanoes Kilauea and Mauna Loa.
I never imagined that I would walk on a live volcano. It was pouring with rain, but the scenery was amazing and we did a steep hike. There are hiking trails good for a short visit of two hours as well as for a longer visit.
One has to be careful, of course. There are areas that clearly forbid entry and, keeping in mind that it is an active volcano, it is probably a good idea to abide by such directions.
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The Hilo Farmer's Market sells a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, flowers and much more.
Visiting the well-known Hilo Farmer’s Market was another wonderful experience. We gorged ourselves and cheap and delicious fruits. I had the opportunity to meet a gentleman who makes herbal lotions and oils as alternative remedies to allopathic medicine. He believes that herbal remedies guide one’s life force into repairing the body as it knows best, and many Hawaiians believe the same.
The Hawaiian people I met are very spiritual and live with a sense of community I haven’t often seen in other Western places. They are also incredibly kind and helpful and made all Semester at Sea students feel welcome.
I hear that a vacation in Honolulu is great fun, but for a culturally-rich experience, I would certainly encourage traveling to Hilo – and doing so with an open mind.
Mariechen Puchert, a South African medical student, is taking a Semester at Sea voyage that will take her nearly all the way around the globe.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Snowfall In Scotland Adds To Natural Beauty

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Snow blanketed the Closeburn, Dumfrieshire area of Scotland beginning with its arrive on Friday.  Above, snow crystals cling to the brush.

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The sun casts its rays over a beautiful white blanket of snow in Closeburn, Dumfriesshire, Scotland on Sunday, a few days after Friday's snowfall.
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Drops of ice clinging to branches help form a delicate curtain.


Friday, January 25, 2013

Feeling Like Royalty At A Presidential Ball

By Khloe Krizek
Junior Reporter
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, U.S.A. – I felt like a princess at my first-ever formal ball.
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Khloe Krizek
Held last Saturday, it was the Youth Presidential Inaugural Ball at the Crystal City Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Virginia.
There were a lot of kids dressed up, and that's unusual for most kids.
When we arrived, we found a table and listened to the invocation and welcoming remarks. Then we had a nice dinner of chicken and mashed potatoes and lots of gravy. It was yummy.
Some really good musical performances and a dramatic reading by kids followed the dinner.
Somebody from the White House spoke and said that any one of us could be a future President of the United States (except for me, since I was born in China).
We played a trivia game about the President, with questions like, “Which number President is Obama?”
Finally, the music started and all the kids ran onto the dance floor.
I danced with my friend, Kiki, and cousin, Victoria, so much my feet hurt.
It was a great night and I look forward to going again in four years!
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Kids on the dance floor at the ball


Thursday, January 24, 2013

Fantastical "Beasts Of The Southern Wild" Offers Vulnerability And Exhilaration



By Noah Kidron-Style
Senior Reporter
LONDON, England – Director Benh Zeitlin’s hallucinogenic Beasts of the Southern Wild may well be the most exiting cinematic debut, if not the outright best film, of the year.
Drawing inspiration from Hurricane Katrina – but with a resonance far beyond the admittedly effective emotional manipulation of the tsunami survival film The Impossible, Beasts of the Southern Wild is set in a fictional Louisiana bayou called The Bathtub, which lies below a levee in a perennial floodplain.
The film tells the story, through the eyes of six-year old Hushpuppy, played by Quvenzhane Wallis, of the small ramshackle community that lives in The Bathtub as they prepare to face a storm that threatens their existence. As Hushpuppy struggles to comprehend her increasingly confusing world, the film oscillates between a galling depiction of poverty and the beautiful fantasy world that she imagines around her.
While the waters rise, threatening the extinction of Hushpuppy’s way of life, she imagines herself facing off against a herd of aurochs that had been released from their own extinction by the melting polar icecaps. It is left unclear who we should consider the titular ‘beasts’ – is it Hushpuppy and the semi-feral inhabitants of The Bathtub, the interfering people of the technological world on the dry side of the levee or the aurochs returning to the land that they once roamed?
Such ambiguity is one of the most powerful tools of the film, given that we are unable to trust a narrator who is too young to understand the world that she narrates.
The most ambiguous character is Hushpuppy’s father, Wink, played by Dwight Henry. He is hard-drinking, negligent, occasionally abusive and perilously stubborn. Yet he is portrayed as teaching Hushpuppy lessons that she needs to learn in order to survive the harsh reality in which they live. Wink’s objectionable aggression – best seen in the heart-wrenching moment where he slaps Hushpuppy across the face – can be explained by his desperation caused by the knowledge that his terminal illness will soon leave his daughter to fend for herself. Explained, but not necessarily justified.
Deprived of parental affection, Hushpuppy seeks out her mother – a woman ‘so pretty she could light the gas stove just by walking past it’ – who had abandoned her when she was born. Leading a group of children across water, they come across a ghostlike, old-fashioned bordello where she meets a woman who feeds, hugs and dances with her before the children sail away leaving the brothel to fade away into the distance as if a mirage. 
Beasts of the Southern Wild is by no means a perfect film, with occasionally jarring editing highlighting its low budget origins (although compared to the otherwise charming but off-puttingly edited Silver Linings Playbook, it doesn’t seem half as bad, especially considering Silver Linings managed to secure a film editing Oscar nomination). Nonetheless, it remains visually stunning and emotionally engaging throughout. 
The lead performances from newcomers Henry and Wallis are spectacular; with Wallis’s naïve abandon deservedly making her the youngest ever Best Leading Actress nominee at just nine-years old. Her youthful ignorance allows us to bypass our prejudices and expectations and to view the world from our knee level, as a confusing but beautiful mess.
Politically, Beasts of the Southern Wild pulls no punches. Climate change, poverty and bureaucratic segregation are as powerfully dealt with by a six-year old girl as they could be by any number of columnists in The New York Times. But at its core it is about none of these things.
Rather it touches on the personal vulnerability and exhilaration of standing up for yourself, on a community in chaotic equilibrium between their independence and the rampant alcoholism and disease with which they must contend, and it asks how much of our experience is a fantastical creation that allows us, like Hushpuppy, to understand a confusing, complex world.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

If Justice Is Done, 'Les Mis' Will Win Oscars

By Myah Guild
Reporter
DUNSTABLE, Bedfordshire, England – Director Tom Hooper’s long-awaited adaptation of the consistently acclaimed novel and musical Les Misérables finally hit UK screens on January 11 and surely set the bar high for 2013 in film.
Everything from the cinematography to the world-famous score was done in epic style.
Following the life of convict Jean Valjean, played by Hugh Jackman, Les Misérables is a story of change and time as well as social injustice and revolution.
Jackman’s portrayal of the felon pursued by Russell Crowe’s relentless Javert is simply outstanding and whilst Crowe’s singing is considerably weaker than his counterparts, his ability to convey the cruelty and complexity of Javert is a good distraction.
Hooper’s decision to shoot the singing live paid off enormously as the emotion of the songs resounded loud and clear. Individual voices could be heard in the crowd and the songs conveyed the central theme of human plight, whether hopeful or full of despair.
Most notably, Anne Hathaway, who played Fantine, delivered pure and simple brilliance in her highly anticipated “I Dreamed a Dream” scene.
Other memorable characters include Eponine, played by Samantha Barks – the daughter of the comical Thénardiers, who were played by Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter – whose unrequited love for rebel Marius, played by Eddie Redmayne, is another of the emotions the film explores, highlighting the extent to which song and music can convey the depth of human despair.
The pride of the British in the French story has again been renewed in this adaptation – Barks performed her role in the much-loved West End show before beating Hollywood actresses to the coveted role and Cohen and Carter’s characters also provide light relief to the story that pulls audiences through almost every emotion conceivable.
Above all, it is a story of morality that everyone can relate to, brilliantly told and shown by the man who brought the story of George VI’s intense struggle with stammering back into the public’s mind with the 2010 release, The King’s Speech.
The final scene in Les Mis has been known to warrant tears and applause, in equal measure, amongst audiences and with justice being a key part of the story, many will come away thinking if there is any, it will win the Oscars it deserves.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Snoozing, Snacking And Tweeting: What Really Happens In A High School Lockdown

By Natalie Tarrant
Junior Reporter
ARLINGTON, Texas, U.S.A. – We were in the middle of first period, about 9 a.m., and reading aloud the first pages of Romeo and Juliet, (Act 1, Scene 1: “Do you bite your thumb at us, sir?/ I do bite my thumb, sir.”)
Just then, a voice from the intercom announced: The lockdown drill had started.
Our teacher gathered us up into a little group (it was a fairly small class) and put us in a corner of the room away from the door. She covered up the door's window with some paper and sat down with us.
After that, we managed to stretch out into more comfortable positions, whispering quietly to one another in a relaxed way. I even managed to lie down and take a quick nap.
So basically I didn't know how much time had passed, but the lights were kept on and the teacher herself was even joking in a hushed voice with the class.
After a while, I got kicked in the back by the girl next to me and told to sit up. When I asked why, she said that someone, somewhere, had a gun.
The rest of the class heard this and instantly broke out into an almost synchronized groan.
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Lamar High School, Arlington, Texas
I looked around at everyone to see if they were joking, but they weren't. A couple of kids got out their phones. Even more did some impressive army crawls under the desks to their backpacks for food. At the worst, the whole room seemed no more than slightly annoyed by the whole thing.
Here's what we were hearing at first from a teacher – that three armed men had broken into our school. That turned out to be wrong. In reality, a student had told a school security officer that he heard another student might have brought a gun to school.
We could hear the muffled sounds of helicopters buzzing overhead. We heard cops walking down the hallways with radios reporting every single thing. And we were on twitter joking about it.
Phones were passed around with pictures of Lamar from the outside surrounded by police cars. People swapped stories of past lockdowns (which, they said, were waay scarier and waaay cooler than this one), shared food, and texted their friends in other rooms.
After about three hours, the biggest complaint was our lack of bathroom breaks. I found out later that some other classrooms had allowed kids to go into a closet so they could pee in a cup – yet another thing joked about.
Our teacher was kind enough to allow the phones, and we were told to keep any talking down to a dull roar.
In our three-hour lockdown, the mood of the room shifted from somewhat bothered and uncomfortable to sleepy, to silently giddy, and back to just plain uncomfortable. When the principal himself looked in and told us it was okay, everyone was on their feet in a second, bolting for the restrooms. 
Editor’s note: Authorities found no one with a gun, or any gun, after searching the school, and students were released.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Call For Entries: YJI's Annual Worldwide Contest For Teen Journalists Is On Now

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Pushkal Shivam of Mumbai, India was named Student Journalist of the Year 
in Youth Journalism International's 2012 Excellence in Journalism contest.
WEST HARTFORD, Conn., U.S.A. – For the first time, Youth Journalism International’s annual contest for teenage journalists around the world is including categories for multimedia reporting.
“We are seeing more young people than ever producing top quality audio, video and other multimedia stories that deserve recognition and don’t fit traditional newsgathering categories,” said Steve Collins, president of the Connecticut-based nonprofit.
The contest, the largest worldwide for student journalists, showcases the best journalism in English by young reporters, photographers and cartoonists around the world. Last year, it honored winners from 18 countries and 11 U.S. states.
Winners in major categories receive crystal trophies and other prize winners receive custom-made certificates.
There are a number of categories for entries, including Student Journalist of the Year, the Courage in Journalism award, Journalism Educator of the Year, The Jacinta Marie Bunnell Award for Commentary and The Frank Keegan “Take No Prisoners” Award for News.
The new categories added to this year’s contest are for multimedia news and multimedia features.
“Every year, we are impressed with all the amazing work that young journalists are doing,” said Jackie Majerus, executive director at YJI. “These awards are a way to celebrate the best of it.”
Entries, which must be in English and published in print or online between Jan. 1, 2012 and Dec. 31, 2012, are due no later than 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Friday, February 8 Awards will be handed out in May.
The contest is open to any journalist aged 19 or under, anywhere in the world. Only work by non-professionals – those who are not paid – is allowed.
Details on how to enter the contest are available under the Contests link at the top of Youth Journalism International’s website at www.YouthJournalism.org.
In an earth-friendly bid to reduce paperwork and ease the administrative hassle, entries can be done entirely online by filling out a form on YJI’s website and submitting work via email. A complete list of winners for the past three years is available on the website as well.
Youth Journalism International is a recognized 501(c)(3) public educational charity by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. A non-governmental organization, YJI depends on donations from supporters to continue its important work training the next generation of journalists.
Its students’ work has been featured by The Huffington Post, National Geographic, PBS NewsHour Extra, The Tattoo online teen newspaper, Radio Pacifica, Connecticut Public Radio. The Mash and other news organizations.
For more information, contact Jackie Majerus, YJI’s executive director, or Steve Collins, YJI’s president, at (860) 523-9632 or yjicontest@gmail.com.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Don't Let Fashion Dictate Who You Are

Shopping.
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By Dina El Halawany
Junior Reporter

ALEXANDRIA, Egypt – Are you one of the people cursed with fashion addiction? Do you spend countless hours following fashion news and shopping for the perfect outfits? If so, then you obviously don't know what fashion really is.
Fashion is a trend with no rules. It depends on each individual's personal style. It is the way you express yourself to the world and it's affected by both your mood and your society.
Dressing in the latest fashion is overwhelming in so many ways. It actually makes you feel more confident and powerful.
Walking down the streets can feel like walking on a runway in a fashion show. All eyes are on your and you enjoy people commenting about how glamorous you look.
However, trying too hard to stay up to date the latest fashion has numerous drawbacks.
In addition to the fact that it can cost a fortune, and even lead to financial problems later on, some people, especially teenagers, lose interest in other important aspects of life because they'd rather spend their time shopping than doing anything else.
A messy closet.
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You buy a single dress, then a matching bag and shoes ... or a suit and a matching tie. You just keep buying one thing after the other until you turn into a shopaholic.
Before you know it, your closet turns into a disaster.
To be honest, though fashion can make you look better on the outside and feel better about yourself deep inside, it doesn't change anything about who you really are.
So wear what expresses you. Have your own style!
Remember the old adage that fashion fades, but style is eternal. A simple outfit can look really elegant.
It's not about cost or brand. It's about how confident you are while you’re wearing the choices you make.
Time is priceless, so don't waste it trying to impress people by what you wear, when you should be working hard to accomplish your dreams.
Looking good is important, but instead of spending hours in front of the mirror, spend minutes and save the rest of the time for something more fundamental.
Your character is what defines you, not your clothes.
People won’t respect you for what you wear, but for your actions.
That doesn't mean that you should ignore looking presentable, but instead of obsessing over how you look, get out there and do something useful.
Achieve your goals and then people will look at you as an honorable, marvelous person even if you're in a pair of jeans and a T-shirt. 

Friday, January 11, 2013

Do You Hear The People Sing? You Sure Will In French Revolution Tale, Les Misérables

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By Tasman Anderson
Reporter

BRISBANE, Australia – It's not a common occurrence for a film to feature more singing than dialogue. However, Director Tom Hooper's musical, Les Misérables not only achieves this, but goes one step further by having no more than a dozen words uttered throughout the entire two and a half hour film.

Before seeing the movie, I had no idea what Les Misérables  was about or even that it was a novel and extremely successful theater production.
I went into the cinema with no idea that it was even a musical so you can imagine my surprise when a rough and sagged Hugh Jackman started singing the second he appeared, holding onto heavy ropes and covered in dirt! However, it soon dawned on me that it wasn't just an ordinary musical.
For those of you who are unaware, Les Misérables is a film adaption of Victor Hugo's 1862  French historical novel as well as Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg's musical, both of the same name.
The film tells the story of prisoner 24601, Jean Valjean who after being released from prison, breaks his parole in order to create a new life for himself.
Throughout the film, he constantly attempts to evade the persistent Inspector Javert who wishes to take him back into custody. This proves even more difficult when he agrees to care for factory worker Fantine's daughter, Cosette.
Set during post-revolutionary France, the story includes much of the June Rebellion as an interesting background for all the history lovers.
The cast includes many A-list celebrities such as Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Helena Bonham Carter, Sacha Baron Cohen, as well fresh talent Samantha Barks, Aaron Tveit and Eddie Redmayne.
Performances by Jackman as Jean Valjean and Hathaway as Fantine were breathtaking, providing a chemistry that had the audience hoping that their friendship would blossom into romance.
I was pleasantly surprised to see Carter and Cohen as the thieving couple, Thénardier and Madam Thénardier, bringing laughter to the otherwise dark film.
Furthermore, the entire cast was extremely impressive when it came to vocals. Because they were required to record their songs as they acted their scenes out, the vocals ended up so emotionally charged that I was left feeling a mix between elation and sadness.
At times, though, I found it quite difficult to tell when one song ended and another started. Although there's no doubt that the actors should be commended for their performances, unfortunately each new song seemed to be a carbon copy of the previous one and without any dialogue to bring my focus back, I found myself getting lost in my thoughts or fidgety in my chair.
But there were a few songs that really captivated me.
During the start of the battle, the rebels perform “Do You Hear the People Sing?” which talks about their frustrations with the king and their refusal to remain slaves. This was definitely one of my favorite songs. It was so beautifully done that I felt ready to fight for my freedom as if I were one of the slaves.
Another winner was “Empty Chairs at Empty Tables,” performed by Cosette's lover and rebel student, Marius, played by Redmayne. The song is featured after the rebels lose the battle and he returns to find nothing but bullet holes and broken furniture. Redmayne's vocals are so haunting and rich that I was literally crying like a baby by the end of the song.
Les Misérables definitely gives off the vibe of a musical theater production on film and is not for the faint hearted.
The storyline is beautifully crafted and the all-star cast does a phenomenal job. However, those who are not interested in musicals or musical theater will more than likely find it difficult to sit through two and a half hours of almost nothing but singing, even with the movie featuring an exceptional cast.
If you are intrigued by the storyline but might not be able to handle the long period of singing in a crowded cinema, then you should wait for its DVD release and watch it at your own leisure.
For those of you who adore musical theater, be prepared to spend your entire paycheck on movie tickets because you're definitely going to want to see this film more than once.

Lessons From Les Miserables: Tearjerker Teaches About Grace And The Law

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 By Evangeline Han
Reporter
MELAKA, Malaysia – Before going to watch Les Misérables, I logged into Wikipedia to read the movie’s plot. My Facebook friends had been posting about the movie and some even mentioned the touching aspect of it.
After reading the plot, I was bewildered. How could they cry while watching the movie when two of the main characters had their happy ending because of their marriage? After all, how touching could battle scenes be? Little did I know!
Les Misérables   starts with prisoners working on ropes to pull in a large ship in the downpour. As they file back to prison after completing their job, the prison guard, Javert, played by Russell Crowe, stops one man, Jean Valjean, played by Hugh Jackman, and tells him that he is released on parole after serving his sentence for stealing bread.
The catch is that his parole is for life, which basically means that he is a condemned man for life. After gaining his freedom, he finds himself without a place to sleep, as no one wants to have anything to do with a man serving parole.
After being chased away from doorsteps multiple times, he finally comes across the Bishop of Digne, played by Colm Wilkinson, who offers some hospitality. Jean repays him by stealing his silver at night. When the authorities catch him, the bishop defends him by saying that the silver was given as a gift. Touched by the bishop’s act, Jean decides to change and become a better man.
Eight years later, Jean is the mayor of Montreuil-sur-Mer and a factory owner. No one knows his past and Javert is still hunting for him because he disappeared while on parole. Through a series of events, one of his workers, Fantine, played by Anne Hathaway, is fired after an altercation and resorts to prostitution to earn money for her daughter.
After her encounter with her first customer, Fantine sings the song, “I Dreamed A Dream.”
It was impossible not to cry as she sang about the pain of dreams dead and long gone. After her death, Jean finds Fantine’s daughter and takes her in as his daughter.
Nine years pass and France is on the brink of revolution. Javert is still hunting Jean so Jean has to constantly be on the lookout.
While on a walk with Jean, Fantine’s daughter, Cosette, played by Amanda Seyfried, catches the eye of Marius Pontmercy, played by Eddie Redmayne,  and they fall in love. That same day, General Lamarque, a sympathizer to the poor, dies and a group of students, including Marius, plan a revolt.
The revolution doesn’t go as planned. The town people chickened out and the students were left fighting to their death. Marius was the sole survivor and he only lived because Jean saved his life, leading to the emotionally charged scene when Marius expresses his anguish by singing the song “Empty Chairs at Empty Tables.”
Just seeing the row of bodies and the river of blood in the street made me tear up.
Marius and Cosette marry and Jean dies, but not before revealing his past to Marius and giving his last written confession to Cosette, instructing her to read it after his death. The closing scene shows Jean being led by Fantine into paradise, joining all those who died in the revolution and they sing a closing song about a fight for freedom.
Les Misérables  is a tearjerker, but a good one. The story was mesmerizing and since Les Misérables is a musical, nearly everything was sung, which meant that raw emotions were conveyed even more clearly. History is one of my favorite subjects and I was able to appreciate the movie more because of its recounting of history.
Two lessons stood out for me. The first was the lesson about grace and the law. Javert represented the law. He was a legalistic man who was hell-bent on capturing Jean. The bishop, on the other hand, represented grace. He forgave Jean and even gave him the more valuable silver – two candlesticks – while advising him to use the silver for good.
The second lesson was the fighters who died for a cause they were passionate about. It is so easy to take freedom for granted without remembering the cost our forefathers paid for the liberty we have today.
One of the very sad parts in the movie for me was the part when the students realized no one else was going to join them in their fight against the approaching army. It is convenient to talk about the wrongs of our government, but when it comes to action, few take the risk.
From beginning till the end, Les Misérables captivated my attention. The songs were beautiful and the story meaningful. If you haven’t watched the movie yet, what are you waiting for?