Thought Provoking Films

A Note on Copyright: SCM Groups can show films without the permission of the distributor in people’s own homes. However, if shown in a public space such as a chaplaincy or on a university campus, it may be considered ‘commercial’ purposes. In this case, it may be best to contact the distributor to ask their permission.

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

The Shawshank Redemption tells the story of Andy Dufresne, a banker who is convicted of killing his wife and her lover and sentenced to two life sentences. Throughout the movie, Andy maintains that he is innocent of the crimes. This well-respected film facilitates discussions on freedom, innocence and guilt, and hope and redemption.

Juno (2007)

Juno follows the tale of Juno MacGuff, a high-school student who becomes pregnant and decides to give the baby to an adoptive family. This quirky and funny film facilitates discussions on love, freedom, marriage, teenage pregnancy, and stereotypes.

Wall-E (2008)

Wall-E is set about seven hundred years into the future and tells the tale of a small robot’s fight to save a scorched and pollution-ravaged earth. This light-hearted yet subtly bleak movie facilitates discussions on ecology, pollution, care for the earth, duty, resource allocation, and love.

Seven Pounds (2008)

Seven pounds tells the story of an IRS agent named Ben Thomas who makes it his aim to help seven people of his choosing. The movie tackles heavy themes, including death and suicide. It can be used to facilitate discussions on living a meaningful life, human forgiveness in comparison to God's mercy, human redemption and God's redemption, and sacrifice.

Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

Slumdog Millionaire is set in India and tells the story of Jamal Malik, a contestant on the Indian version of Who wants to be a millionaire. After being accused of cheating Jamal recounts his life-story, providing proof as to how he can answer all the questions. This moving film facilitates discussions on trust, family, racism, economic exploitation, resiliency, social exclusion, and hope.

The Blind Side (2009)

The Blind Side is based on the true story of Michael Oher, a young man who grew up in poverty and eventually went on to be drafted by the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League (NFL). This moving and inspirational story can facilitate discussions on overcoming obstacles, embracing strangers, issues of racism, and teamwork.

Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009)

This film is an adaptation of a true story, and it tells the tale of Professor Parker Wilson and his dog Hachiko. Parker finds the dog abandoned and although he initially intends to return the dog to its owner, his family decide to keep him when no one steps forward to claim him. This heart-warming film facilitates discussions on devotion, love, selflessness, and faithfulness.

Never Let Me Go (2010)

Never Let Me Go tells the story of three friends, Ruth, Kathy and Tommy, and their journey into adulthood. The story is primarily set at their boarding school in Hailsham and details the nature of why they have come to be at that school. This science fiction movie facilitates discussions on family, memory, exploitation, love, agency, cloning, and personhood.

The Adjustment Bureau (2011)

The adjustment bureau tells the story of David Norri, a young politician, and Elise, a ballet dancer. Despite their immediate chemistry, a shadowy organisation known as the adjustment bureau works behind the scenes to keep them apart, following the Chairman's plan. This fast-paced film facilitates discussions on free will and fate, God's role in determining our future, personal responsibility, and the sovereignty of God.

The Giver (2014)

The Giver is a social science fiction which tells the tale of a post-disaster society where one person, The Giver, hold all memories of the past. As a result of this arrangement, the people don't understand genuine emotion or pain. This thought-provoking film facilitates discussions of agency, control, freedom, pain and suffering, and family.

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