A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The refugee experience is explored through detailed first-person stories. Narratives about ongoing civil war, escaping oppressive governments, geo-political situations, and the process of finding new homes are eye-opening. There's information about the countries from which these athletes hail -- including where they are located on the global map, and how the characters in this series have escaped to find more peaceful homelands. The training that goes into being an elite athlete is explored as well, showing the sacrifices that athletes and their families make to propel them into the world of highest level competition.
Hard work and commitment can make your dreams come true. Family can be found in places outside of your home. Enduring pain is easier when you have a goal that you work toward. Never give up on your dream. Representation is very important. Remember where you come from and educate people about your culture. Be proud of your accomplishments. No one can take away what you work for. Be open to love. Use resources available to you in order to move forward.
Positive Role Models
Pain is standard for the people in this series-- some have lost their families due to war or are separated from them because of political regimes. Yet they overcome their challenges by working hard and continuing to doggedly pursue their goals.
Featuring people from an array of backgrounds and cultures, this series delves into the experiences of athletes who have endured hardship and strive for greatness. African, Asian, European, North American people with different backgrounds and beliefs are represented.
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Violence & Scariness
Footage of war zones include explosions, soldiers (child soldiers at times) with guns and weapons. Tanks, bullet-ravaged buildings, people running from attack are briefly shown. Stories about surviving war can be intense, but they are told with the intention to educate and open minds.
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Some episodes have more swearing than others -- most have no swearing. Rare use of "dammit," "f--k," "f--cking," "hell," "s--t."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Strive tackles the geo-political issues surrounding a group of elite athletes whose goal is to compete in the Olympics. Narrated by gold-medal gymnast Gabby Douglas, athletes from diverse backgrounds tell their stories of escaping political oppression, civil war, and threat of imprisonment. Images of war include tanks firing weapons, people with weapons, child soldiers sitting with guns, destroyed buildings, refugee camps, and refugees escaping a country on foot and by boat. The stories are inspirational and hopeful, but the grittiness is undeniable: Life isn't easy for people who have lived through war or oppression. But events like the Olympics give people hope and a reason to keep going forward.
Is It Any Good?
Stories of oppression and survival serve a purpose in this well-documented series. Inspiration -- an elusive and overused word -- finds fresh meaning thanks to the narratives in Strive. While watching a race between runners from different countries might excite viewers enough to rattle a bowl of popcorn, knowing the stories of individuals who've endured incredible political and personal hardship will have viewers standing up and cheering when they show their stuff on the world stage. In short, this series helps audiences engage with their hearts, inspiring a compassion for the human condition and the sacrifices are made by people across the globe.
Kids will appreciate seeing the every-day qualities of these elite athletes-- the Yemeni skateboarder doesn't have rad gear or even the right clothes. He skates in shorts and a button-down shirt; but his passion is contagious. Parents will appreciate the geo-political lessons that will deepen their understanding of the struggles that others might endure to reach their goals. Timely and evocative viewing for a world in flux.
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