A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Support for others in times of a crisis. Overcoming adversity. Helpful ways to aid the underrepresented in society. Power of volunteerism. Openness to discover and embrace cultural differences.
Positive Role Models
Positive role models include several healthcare workers and doctors who work on global health crises and vaccines, journalists, and activists.
Features a diverse group of BIPOC and White men and women in professional and important roles of responsibility. There are also images of a disproportionate number of BIPOC individuals who experience homelessness, food insecurity, and poverty. There are discussions about older adults and level of seniority in the workplace, as well as a LGBTQ+ Black man who is a nurse and married to another man, and compensation based on immigration status of frontline workers, who are mostly BIPOC.
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Violence & Scariness
References, mentions, and images include blood, morgue locations and caskets, bodies of people being cremated, jail incarcerations, death threats, and physical altercations. Surveillance footage of Dr. Armen Henderson, a Black physician, allegedly being racially profiled and seen handcuffed in front of his house by a police officer, and archival footage of enforcement persons and equipment at protest rallies.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Pregnancies, birth of a child, breeched baby inside a woman’s body.
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"S--t show," "f--ked up," and "f--king."
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Products & Purchases
Postings on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter, apparel with designs, logos, and messages, smart TVs, laptops, smartphones, earbuds, building signage, jewelry, posters and billboards, scooters and bicycles.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Cigarettes, glasses of wine/cocktails, beer bottles, drugs to treat patients, vaccine injections to combat the coronavirus, delivery of medication by courier, antibiotics, hormone therapy, methods of COVID-19 testing, and inhalers to help breathing.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Convergence: Courage in a Crisis is a documentary that looks at the early days of the COVID-19 global pandemic. The film features some English subtitles. References, mentions, and images of violence bodies being cremated, death threats, and physical altercations. There's surveillance footage of Dr. Armen Henderson, a Black physician who is allegedly racially profiled and seen handcuffed in front of his house by a police officer. There are pregnancies and a birth of a child. Language references include swear words "s--t show," "f--kd up," and "f--king." There's also archival footage of global protests about social injustices and reaction to the murder of African-American George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota by a White American police officer, as well as images of cigarettes, cocktails, beer bottles, drugs to treat COVID-19 patients, and vaccine injections to combat coronavirus. Positive messages include support for others in times of a crisis, helpful ways to aid the underrepresented in society, and openness to embrace cultural differences. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Oscar-winning British filmmaker Orlando von Einsiedel (The White Helmets) offers a potent picture about the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic. The documentary is guided by the unique lens of its diverse storytellers from areas such as China, South America, and the United States. "I think that my entire life has been a training exercise for all of the disaster that's going on," says Dr. Armen Henderson, a Black physician at University of Miami Health System. "The pandemic has taught me that if you stay ready, you don't have to get ready. Because I am a doctor, because I deal with crises, because I know of the inequities that exist within our system, I've pretty much prepared myself for the worst-case scenarios."
For African native Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Director-General of the World Health Organization, the coronavirus pandemic is "a call that is telling us to really behave, to behave as a global community" and that "opportunities are born from crises." With its first-rate presentation that expresses hope for a more inclusive world for kids and their families, Convergence: Courage in a Crisis is an essential platform to experience for timely conversations about a historic lifetime occurrence.
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