It would seem that now is a good time for movies relating to residential care. Last month Lifetime Network released a moving called “america” it follows a young man that is sent to a residential treatment center.
Considering that it was a movie based on a true story and NOT a documentary, I think it did a pretty good job of capturing the behaviors, feelings and personalities of many of the children that are in placement. My biggest beef with the movie was that it did a poor job depicting the amount of supervision that actually takes place in a residential facility in general, and a very poor job depicting the amount of supervision that actually takes place in a residential TREATMENT facility specifically. If an actual treatment facility did that poor of a job supervising the residents, I think it would be shut down pretty quickly. But had the movie showed the proper amount of supervision, the movie would have missed many of its twists and plots.
It did do a good job of promoting the need for people to participate in the Foster Care System as well as the importance of building relationships with the children in care. One of our kids that watched it, said it was the best movie he ever saw. I think the fact that the kids viewed if favorably says a lot for the movie.
I always enjoy when we are depicted positively in the movies and media, because the vast majority of us do a pretty good job with the resources we have.
For those that missed it or didn’t have access to lifetime, you can watch the entire movie online by going to: http://www.mylifetime.com/on-tv/movies/america/video. They have it broke down into 8 parts, so you don’t have to wait an hour for the whole thing to download. You will need a broadband connection, but the resolution is pretty good, even in full screen on my 15.4″ notebook. I am sure you will lose a lot of resolution if you went much bigger than that.
In my next post I will tell you about a moving that is going to be released in May on another cable network.