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To End All Wars (2001)
A fascinating way to view humanity
"Humanity" is a term that is used to refer not just to our own species, but to our cultural "sameness." Thus, often, one finds that a group who is considered an enemy is not "human" like the rest of "us." This enables us to behave in inhuman ways ourselves. However, often it is this very denial of our own humanity that enables "others" to see us as inhuman as well, and the cycle endlessly repeats. The philosophy of "an eye for an eye" creates a downward spiral for all of humanity.
This, among other philosophies, is revealed throughout the movie. The pacing is slow and involved, but never, ever boring. Every moment holds the audience in thrall, enabling the viewer to experience the loss, the shame, the anger, of the WWII prisoners. It is this very emotional build-up that helps one to question (theoretically) ones own behavior in a similar situation. And as the movie continues, it also slowly reveals an enlightening view of the soldier's very captors and their own specific motivations and cultural influences, as well.
This movie is a must-see for anyone who would like to expand their understanding and compassion for humanity's behavior, with all its glorious imperfections.