Movie Day Lessons: “To Save a Life”

A movie day at the end of March helped a group of Grade 9 learners appreciate the implications of suicide and the importance of supportive friendships.

For their last session of the term, the students watched a US-based Christian film entitled “To Save a Life” in their usual classroom, with their chairs lined up in rows to make them feel as if they were in a real cinema.

The aim of viewing the movie was to raise the issue of suicide for discussion purposes and to make it clear that there are always people around for the learners to talk to should they need it.

The film, which was first released in 2009, is about how lead protagonist Jake Taylor’s life changes following the death of his former best friend, Roger.

Jake appears to have it all: he is part of the in-crowd, has an apparently perfect girlfriend and a basketball scholarship. But his life starts to unravel after Roger’s death, taking him on a journey of self-discovery.

One learner Gcobisa Qanye said of the film: “I’ve learnt that I must not walk away from my problems by committing suicide. I need to face them and think positively. It’s also important not to rely too much on other people showing their appreciation for what you’ve done as sometimes they can disappoint you.”

Lindeka Mchani added: “Its really important to explore painful topics that you may feel you don’t want to talk about. I’m proud of being part of Vision AfriKa today.”

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