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George Eliot (Mary Anne Evans) was a great believer in the power of empathy to move her readers. Back when she was writing in the 19th century, empathy was generally known as ‘sympathy’.
This is the original book on which Steven Spielberg’s film, Schindler’s List, was based. Keneally is both a historian and a novelist, and this book combines both approaches with enormous skill.
Ben Kingsley dons his dhoti (loincloth) in Richard Attenborough’s epic biopic about one of the greatest empathy masters about them all. The film is full of great empathic moments.
Shot in black and white, Spielberg’s cinematic rendering of Thomas Keneally’s novel Schindler’s Ark does a fine job of bringing the extraordinary story of Oskar Schindler to life.
Encounter Point takes a look at the growing grassroots peace movement among Israelis and Palestinians.
An initially whimsical look into the lives of two Parisian Jewish girls born on the same day, from the awkwardness of childhood to the dullness and desperation of adolescence, Mina Tannenbaum has some serious points to make about women’s lives and the rifts that open up as we enter adulthood.
Of Gods and Men is the austere, beautiful and sometimes hard-to-watch story of French monks in Algeria, threatened with death by the local fundamentalists, who make it clear what their fate will be if they stay. The question of whether to stay or go preoccupies the monks for much of the film.
On a Manchester council estate, Bob, an unemployed family man, attempts to raise money to buy a communion dress for his young daughter. He is driven to extremes - both comic and tragic - to get the cash, and ends up putting his family at risk to do so.
Things Fall Apart tells two intertwining stories, both centering on Okonkwo, a “strong man” of an Ibo village in Nigeria. The first, a powerful fable of the immemorial conflict between the individual and society, traces Okonkwo’s fall from grace with the tribal world.
The book is largely about a guy who suffers from extensive burns to his body. We learn a great deal of empathy towards burn victims. There is also schizophrenia and deep religious thought which provides more lessons in empathy. It is also a hell of a good read.