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I’m still thinking about what I said in my ‘Changeling’ blog post. It’s true how Changeling showed the importance of Human Rights and that all human being is innocent until proven guilty (article 11 from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights). But do you sometimes think that now it’s so much easier for people to bend the law? There are a lot of criminals who get out of jail sentences for many different reasons. Then I suddenly thought of a Japanese film titled ‘Death Note’. The film is about a law student named Light who is hungry for justice. One day he went through the police database of criminals and learnt how many criminals are set free due to various reasons; not enough evidence, momentary insanity etc… When he discovered a death note and realized that just by writing people’s name in this book, people will die, he started killing all criminals who were set free. It’s very hard to say weather what he did is correct or not but in reality these cases really do happen. So many different and complex laws were created in order to protect human rights but now these laws are preventing the authority to put criminals in jail. In the film, this issue was also raised. Some agreed by saying ‘because of him the crime rate has decrease’ but on the other hand there are people who think that he should have just left this kind of things to the authority because it’s their job. Funny how something created to prevent people from exploiting Human Rights now is in a way endangering the human race (maybe I’m exaggerating here a little). As people always say, whatever it is, if it becomes extreme it’s not good anymore. I think this is a very interesting issue and I would love to hear people’s comment about it.

­­­Last night I watched an American drama film, ‘Changeling’. This film gave me a serious chill. It shows the lack of Human Rights back in those days (roughly around 1920s). The film raises issues of feminine dis-empowerment and police corruption. In addition, I also noticed the existence of death sentence in 1920s. People’s rights were not respected, especially by the authority. L.A.P.D then, was able to throw anyone into jail or execute people without a warrant. People were dying for no reason and many women were thrown into psychiatric ward for questioning the authority. One woman was sent to the ward because she filed a domestic abuse complain against her husband who happened to be a police officer. This film made me realized how important Human Rights are and that I should not take it for granted. At the same time, I realized how lucky I am to be living in the country where Human Rights are respected because there many people who live in a country that does not have this privilege.

Plot:

‘Changeling’ is based on a true story of Christine Collins whose son had gone missing in 1928. Five months later, the L.A.P.D claimed to have found her son, Walter, but she soon realized this boy was not her son and that the authority had made a mistake. She went back to the police with statements from his dentist and friends proving the fact that the boy they found was not Walter, but L.A.P.D refused to admit their mistake. Instead L.A.P.D’s captain J.J Jones put her in County General Hospitals Psychiatric Ward along with other women who tried to question the authority.

I should probably stop here for people who haven’t watched the film, I wouldn’t want to spoil it. Also just a small note, for those people who are interested in watching this film but haven’t had a chance to, you should probably not watch the second video I posted in this blog.

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