A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
This documentary shows the courage and integrity of Robert F. Kennedy as he gives one of the greatest speeches in American history on the night Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. As Kennedy speaks from the heart about the pain and rage people were feeling that night, his deep empathy and resounding sincerity reminds everyone of Dr. King's message of love and equality.
Positive Role Models
While the vast majority of Kennedy's staff, as well as the mayor of Indianapolis, told Kennedy not to give a speech in the inner city on the night of Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination, he did it anyway, because he believed he had an important message to convey to the audience and to the rest of America. Testimonials in the documentary attest to Kennedy's unflinching honesty with those he met, and his similarities and relationship to Dr. King.
Violence & Scariness
There are brief scenes of riot footage in Chicago and Detroit.
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"Pissed off," "bulls--t."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that A Ripple of Hope is an inspiring and deeply moving documentary about the speech Robert F. Kennedy gave in the inner city of Indianapolis, Indiana on the night Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. This documentary is a perfect counterpoint to much of what kids see today in political discourse, and is a shining example of what happens when one man shows empathy and appeals to our ideals rather than our cynicism and hatred. Overall, this is a must-see documentary about one of the greatest speeches in American history. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
A RIPPLE OF HOPE is a truly unforgettable documentary about an extraordinary speech given in the midst of tumultuous events. Through archival footage and testimonials, what emerges here is a story of courage and a high-minded and sincere appeal to the American ideal at a time when it was easy to call such ideals into question. In an era of hyper-partisan battles and a media climate filled with incendiary pundits and demogogues, this documentary serves as a reminder of a time when one politician rose above the rhetoric and spoke from the heart, and instead of dividing people, he united those in attendance and prevented a riot from happening.
This documentary is a must-see for families interested in American history, and especially for kids and teens interested in public service as a possible career. Between families, it should inspire discussion about how politicians typically communicate their ideas (their aren't too many politicians these days quoting Aeschylus, for instance), as well as thoughts on the American Dream and what that means, as well as race and equality.
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