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Critic’s Corner: “The Diary of Anne Frank” & “42”

Posted on 30. May, 2013 by and in Series

The Diary of Anne Frank

Type: Novel

Genre: Drama

Review by: Rana Deraz

This is not a review. For this is no ordinary book. This was someone’s diary; a collection of memories, written in confidence, each word revealing the thoughts Anne Frankclosest to the heart of a young girl. This is merely an account of my thoughts about it.

For her 13th birthday Anne Frank received a diary she dubbed Kitty. Shortly after her birthday, with the fear that they would be “called up” by the Nazis, the Franks go into hiding. It is through Kitty that Anne records her thoughts and daily life living in the compact environs of an attic.

Anne Frank did more than document; she penned a richly nuanced narrative of the daily struggles and victories that accompanied her horrendous circumstances and infused it with her own hopes and optimism. It made the Holocaust real to me in a way that no other book could’ve, because in so many ways, she is just a typical teenage girl. She was funny, she was sad, she was introspective, she was growing, she was intelligent, she was scared, and she was brave. She was a great big bundle of glorious possibilities.

And she, surprisingly, was not miserable all the time. I found bits of beauty, kindness, and even humor emerging in the most unexpected places. And why shouldn’t I? Aren’t our lives much the same? We’re not dodging bombs and trying to sleep to the sound of gunfire. We don’t live in fear of being sent away to concentration camps. But we are often faced with some sort of tragedy or travesty. And yet, doesn’t the buoyancy of the human spirit always shine through? No matter how difficult or challenged our day-to-day life, we all have those little pockets of joy that arise, and sometimes it is those tiny occurrences that make the rest of it bearable.

I have to confess to feeling slightly voyeuristic while reading this. Not everyday do you get to be transported by such a marvellous time capsule to a world so different from your own. I had to keep reminding myself that it was real; a firsthand experience of the holocaust. That alone sufficed to give me an incredible reading experience. Let alone that Anne is a talented writer with wisdom far beyond her years, her documentation was a fascinating testament to the indestructible nature of the human spirit.

“It’s really a wonder that I haven’t dropped all my ideals, because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out. Yet I keep them, because in spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.” What I found most beautiful was that even in the midst of a horrific war, Anne was still allowed the privilege of being a child; so utterly innocent, with an optimism about the human race that I imagine few in her situation would have.

This is such an important book; I hope it is always widely read. It makes you rethink what you thought you knew about challenges and sacrifices. Indeed, Anne taught me that there is always a silver lining, and that there’s always hope to be found, even in the darkest of places. It can be easy to imagine the Holocaust as an otherworldly catastrophe, but Anne brings it home and makes us realize that it happened to people just like us.



Type: Feature Film

Genre: Sports

Review by: Louaa Zahar42

In 1946, Jackie Robinson made it to history books as the first black man ever to play baseball in a white team, when he signed with the Brooklyn dodgers under the guidance of team executive Branch Rickey. It was actually illegal at the time to have a colored man playing baseball with white men.

Rickey managed to put himself,  along with Robinson of course, in the line of fire, being attacked by the press, the audience and the players from the opposing teams, and even some from the same team. All this made Robinson’s journey much more difficult, putting a lot of pressure on both the player and the executive. It was quite hard for Robinson to stay focused in the game and not to be distracted by the guns pointed at him the entire time, moreover it wasn’t easy because of his high temper, which was more of an inner sound of protest than a sound of wrath on whoever calls him a Nigro.. It was simply a call of justice, a call of humanity against any kind of racism against him or his people.

42 is the journey of a fighter, a champion, making his name from scratch, with blood, pain and humiliation, forcing everyone to respect him.. Not because of his color, but because of his abilities, beliefs, and what he accomplished in just two years, from being a hated young baseball player, to a famous, successful and well-respected one. He couldn’t do so without the great help, belief and determination of Rickey “Harrison Ford”, which pushed Robinson till the end of the road, and was the man who got what it took to make anything possible.

That is what 42 is mainly about.. Based on a true story, in a time when the color of your skin defines who you are, comes a man with great potential, setting whole new standards for the game. He succeeds in making everyone understand that it’s not about your skin color, it’s about what lies beneath that truly defines you.

Harrison Ford, playing the role of Branch Rickey, has proven that he really deserves to be called a mega superstar; his performance caught the eye from the first minute, and captured the heart for the entire movie. Chadwick Boseman, as Jackie Robinson, had an unforgettable role, reserving a room for himself in the A star list. The two actors together make this movie a very entertaining watch, and along with the music creating the perfect atmosphere, this is definitely one not to miss about the one and only champion.


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