Don’t get lazy and do it all the time, but every so often a good film with a strong message can help youth, particularly those struggling with an issue. The key is in the questioning and follow-up after the film.
For a session about integrity, I’d recommend Forever Strong. It has a good IMDB rating and a strong message of good sportsmanship, brotherhood and integrity. It does have some faith-based overtones but they aren’t the main focus of the film. The primary message is to make good choices and own up to bad ones in order to be strong in life.
While this session could be done as a large group activity or movie night – and girls certainly aren’t exempt from enjoying it or learning lessons from it – it might be most effective among a small group of young men. Spend time together doing an activity everyone can enjoy, watch the film and then explore the themes of the film.
Here are some sample questions from Forever Strong you might try or make up some of your own:
- What does integrity mean?
- Is it important? Why or why not?
- Which character did you most identify with? Why?
- Which character did you like the least? Why?
- Have you experienced any of the situations represented in the film? With this question, use discretion and make it a safe space for sharing any problems, issues and experiences without judgement or fear of retribution – except in child protection confidentiality matters)
- Is your dad hard on you?
- Have you spent time in juvenile detention?
- Have you been under the influence when driving?
- Have you spent time volunteering?
- Have you been a part of a team like the Razorbacks?
- Have you been a part of a team like Highland?
- Have you had a coach like Rick’s dad?
- Have you had a friend or close family member die?
Take the time to listen to any issues raised by the group; everyone may not get the same feelings. Allow the group time to discuss and debate any feelings or experiences that arise from watching the film.
Question: What movies and topics can you recommend? Please share your ideas in the comments below.
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