The Road Home

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{click here to watch the full film}

The other night, I watched a short film made by a TCK and written about a TCK, called “The Road Home.” Lizzy was the one who first found it through this review from Denizen  and we both thought the film was beautiful and thought-provoking. Since it was a short (only about 25 minutes), it was more of a discussion opener than a deep delve into the TCK psyche.  The main character is a British-Indian boy who struggles with accepting both of his cultures. It made us wonder if it’s possible to only live in one culture, to flip the switch between two worlds. I know that my brother has always been able to do that – speaking flawlessly in Italian to following the latest American trends – but is it positive? Is it possible to ignore and shut out the influence part of your life has had on you? The film sought to loosely answer this question, which we had a great time discussing over Skype.

Lizzy: In the film, the line my heart responded most to was the free-flowing, French backpacker-hippie’s announcement to the boy: “You can be both.” Pico, a British kid with an Indian appearance, considered himself exclusively British. He fought to make everyone else believe he wasn’t Indian and eventually developed doubts himself. For me, “The Road Home” brought up the question of choice. Can I choose how much Chinese and how much American is inside me? Can I choose just one or the other? Do I already try to? I think I try to have a lot of control over the parts of my identity as they make up the whole, measuring and dividing them. I think I often want to choose how much and how little, and I wouldn’t be surprised if other TCKs compartmentalized the effects their countries have had on them in the same way.

In sum, we came up with three major takeaways:

1. It’s ok to be angry when you feel frustrated and confused with your TCK story. 2. You can’t always just choose one culture to live in. 3. Live in the present; live where you are.

I hope a full-length film is developed from this – I’d love to see more TCK themes explored against the sweeping backdrop of rural India. We recommend you check out the film by clicking the link!

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Using Harry Potter for Evangelism

J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books and the subsequent movies have captivated readers and viewers for years. The final movie was released in the United States on July 15th and the first showing made forty-three million dollars. The wizard-themed series is one of the most popular book series in modern literature and has both Christian and non-Christian fans. With such wide popularity, the chances are pretty high that you have a lot of non-Christian friends who are a fan of the series, so how can you use this movie to reach out to them?

Movies are great conversation starters and can lead to profound topics. Harry Potter is an especially good movie to use for such conversations as it deals with such a wide array of important topics like death, love, good vs. evil, friendship, morals, character, sacrifice, etc.. Here are some questions you could consider using:

Do you think the many sacrifices Harry’s friends made were worth it? Would you sacrifice your life for your friends?

Do you think that good always triumphs over evil? What do you define as “good” and “evil?” Do you consider yourself to be a good person?

In the movie, there’s not much of an afterlife mentioned for characters who die. What do you think about that? If you were to die tonight, what would happen to you?

Those are just a few examples…the possibilities are endless. If you don’t like/approve of the series, you can still use it to start conversations. Explain why you don’t agree with the topics addressed in the movie.

Harry Potter isn’t the only movie you can use in this way. When talking with non-believers, look for ways to use movies, books, and TV shows to explain your beliefs.

Have you used this technique for evangelism? How did it turn out? Do you have any tips? Leave your thoughts in the comments!