Oscar−winning movie can teach us a lot about understanding others

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I was elated “Slumdog Millionaire” won eight Oscars at the Academy Awards. I had seen the movie and was saddened by the poverty that exists in Mumbai, India.

The main character, Jamal, struggles with his poverty, is homeless and lives under conditions no child ought to be forced to endure. Jamal encounters many evils in his life, but attains wisdom and knowledge and holds onto his dreams and aspirations.

I have found the movie profound and uplifting. It is good to see a person overcome under much adversity.

I have an Indian friend, a resident of Flushing, who was responsible for urging me to see this movie. He told me he was proud of the accomplishments of the movie that were made in his home country of India.

I understand why so many of my Indian neighbors are proud of what this movie has achieved. This movie has given me cause to want to learn morn about India. I hope others see the movie and learn more about their Indian neighbors.

It is understanding of our neighbors that generates peace with each other.

Frederick R Bedell Jr.

Glen Oaks Village

Updated 6:34 pm, October 10, 2011
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