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A Ripple of Hope

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Unforgettable docu about RFK speech post-MLK assassination.

Movie NR 2010 54 minutes
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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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