The Things They Carried Review

The NGC staff started the Documentary/Book Club to review resources we utilize in our programs and to find new ways to learn more about global issues. Feel free to email the reviewer (contact info below) if you have any follow-up questions!

Author: Tim O’Brien

“They carried all they could bear, and then some, including a silent awe for the terrible power of the things they carried.”

Who should read: High Schoolers

Why it’s important: Deals with Global Issue of Armed Conflict.

What Gabi thought : Tim O’Brien writes this book from his perspective from his experience being a soldier in the Vietnam War. It’s written in a really compelling way almost as if he was talking to someone and sharing his experiences and memories as they come. It works to convey the desperation of being a soldier, the constant struggle to not get sucked into the awfulness of war, the lifelong effects of having been a soldier. But most compelling of all towards the end of the book Tim O’Brien shares that while his book is based on his own experiences but part of it is also fictionalized to better convey certain feelings from his stores.

Gabi Jimenez, summer intern, reviewed The Things They Carried send her an email with any questions at gabriela@newglobalcitziens.org. 


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No Woman No Cry Review

The NGC staff started the Documentary/Book Club to review resources we utilize in our programs and to find new ways to learn more about global issues. Feel free to email the reviewer (contact info below) if you have any follow-up questions!

Director: Christy Turlington Burns

“Pregnancy is a death sentence for more than half a million women every year, but their deaths would be preventable if they could obtain the health care they needed.”

Who should watch: 10th – 12th Graders

Why it’s important: Deals with Global Issues of Maternal Health and Child Mortality.

What Gabi thought : This film was really powerful because it shows the dangers women face from pregnancy all over the world including in the US. It works to equalize and prioritize the risks of pregnancy to women and babies because women everywhere even in the US face the same risks. The film shows that maternal health and mortality affects women in all parts of the world. It is especially poignant that a woman with so many resources as Christy Turlington had some of the same complications as women all over the world.It was those same resources however that saved her from dying like millions of women around the world.

Gabi Jimenez, summer intern, reviewed No Woman No Cry for any questions send her an email to gabriela@newglobalcitizens.org. 

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