RWSP17 #Abril – Um filme baseado numa história verídica

*non-spoiler free

A incrível história de Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughn e Mary Jackson – mulheres afro-americanas brilhantes que trabalham na NASA e são os cérebros por trás de uma das maiores operações da história: o lançamento do astronauta John Glenn para a órbita, um incrível feito que restaura a confiança da nação, agita a Corrida Espacial e reanima o mundo. O trio visionário atravessa género e raças para inspirar as gerações a sonharem alto.” (x)

Ver filmes é um dos hobbies que me dá mais satisfação. E se há anos em que os vejo às dezenas e dezenas, há outros em que basicamente posso usar os dedos das minhas mãos para os contar. Acho que este ano irá ser sem dúvida o último caso. O tempo livre para filmes não tem sido muito, e bem sei que, até ao final do ano, a situação não irá melhorar, mas mesmo assim, consegui ver este filme três vezes. Eu quando descobri este projecto e vi qual era o objectivo para Abril, soube logo que era a perfeita desculpa para rever este filme por uma segunda vez, levando o total de visualizações para três.

A repetição pode levar ao enjoo, mas eu seria bem capaz de ver este filme umas boas dezenas de vezes. O conjunto de sentimentos que se sentem a ver o filme pela primeira vez, repetiu-se pelas restantes vezes que o vi, mesmo sabendo já o que iria acontecer. Todos os momentos de contestação à segregação racial e ao privilégio branco fizeram-me chorar que nem uma madalena arrependida, mesmo tendo os visto por uma terceira vez. Se esta não é uma das melhores maneiras de demonstrar a qualidade deste filme, não sei quais serão. Mesmo não sendo a minha história, é com orgulho e felicidade que vejo o lugar das mulheres afro-americanas na nossa História ser reconhecido. A verdade é que a História não é feita, nem foi feita, só por homens, e muito menos só por cidadãos brancos, por isso, sabe-se lá que detalhes e que personagens são nos totalmente desconhecidos ainda hoje, mesmo com a toda a investigação ao passado que é feita actualmente.

Eu tenho estado a ser muito esquisita com os filmes para ver este ano. O tempo não é infinito para vê-los, por isso há que fazer o meu tempo valer, e como tal, tenho estado a escolher a dedo os filmes para ver. Mas apesar de estar a escolher filmes de muito boa qualidade – bem, com uma pequena excepção; se eu soubesse dos detalhes todos, nem teria visto esse filme, Manchester By the Sea -, este não deixou de se destacar sempre que o vi. Este é um filme simplesmente fantástico, não só pela história que conta ou pelo brilhante elenco feminino que tem, mas também pelos detalhes que decidiram incorporar e pela música sonora. Embora não retire o mérito à Octavia Spencer pela sua mais recente nomeação para um Oscar, a Taraji P. Henson e a Janelle Monáe também deveriam ter sido reconhecidas pela Academia pelas suas brilhantes prestações. Só por este filme dá-me vontade de dizer que deveria existir uma categoria de “melhor elenco”, especialmente feito para estas três mulheres espectaculares.

SPOILERS ALERT
O único detalhe de que sou menos fã é quando o director do Space Task Group decide abolir a segregação em termos de casas de banho dentro da NASA. Embora filmes como este sejam inspirados ou baseados em factos verídicos, há sempre detalhes externos que são incorporados para fins de romantizar a história. Por isso é que tenho muitas dúvidas em relação a esta cena. Estes eventos aconteceram realmente como foram relatados e executados no filme? Ou este é mais um daqueles casos em que o Branco vem salvar a civilização?

Mas colocando este detalhe à parte, este é um filme mesmo extraordinário. Se ainda não o viram, aconselho-vos vivamente a fazê-lo.

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6 Months Update


It has been a while since I have last written in here. It has actually been half a year, but who is counting, right? I still published a few posts in the meantime – well a while ago last year -, but those were mostly scheduled texts. I am not sure if this is me getting back into the blogosphere, but for now I am leaving this tiny update of the past half a year.

I would say that the main reason for being away was that I did not have much time to actually fully write something and publish it here. I did have a little free time, but honestly, in a matter of days, I really lost interest in writing for this blog. The thing is, the past two semesters – yeah; perks of not having extended Christmas holidays until February is that we get to finish our lectures at the end of March – were absolutely exhausting, in so many levels but mostly psychologically, so the little free time I had was basically used to catch up with my family and friends back home – yap, still in ‘terras de sua majestade’ (i.e. London) – and to watch tv shows. I have continued to check (the usual) blogs, but the will to write never really came back. Maybe now it is the time, maybe not.

I have always had a problem in judging my academic years until I had every single final result for all my modules, so I am not really sure how well or not this first year of my Masters is going. So far everything has been in the Distinction range, so hopefully it will at least stay there, though the goal is to reach Merit. But apart from that, I think it has been a good first year. The students have not pissed me off – though I cannot say the same about the people I live with, bloody lousy freshers -, the professors have not pissed me off, neither have the modules that I was doing – one final 4000-word-essay and I will be done for this year -, so this is basically the perfect academic experience ever. And finally I did not have my (future) thesis supervisor just throw a bloody random dissertation theme at me. Quite the contrary actually. Not only the professor gave me different options to choose from, he even let me know that other two professors had collections of their own that I could use for my thesis. And oh my, those two collections. Without saying much, they are from two extremely well-known and important sites in the United Kingdom and Tanzania – so, no pressure at all if I end up doing a thesis on one of them. As I still have another academic year ahead of me, nothing is decided yet, but the perspectives for my thesis dissertation are way better than they were for the past two I have written.

One of the best parts of this Masters is that it is mostly practical. Obviously there will always be theory behind it, otherwise it would be a very shitty science what we are doing, but I have never had this much amount of practical modules before – well, except for my year in Geology at FCUL. It was very exciting but at the same time quite stressful because that meant we had a lot of extra work to do. Funny part is that most of us had such a filled first semester, that it seemed we were doing nothing in the second one. The more I see how different universities work, and how different their Archaeology curricula are, the more I sort of do not dislike the idea of an administrative position.

Being doing this Master as a part-time student, us being way far away from the richest periods of this century, and the fact that I am old enough to not depend entirely on my parents, meant it was time to find a part-time job. There are not that many part-time jobs that allow you to only work on specific days, so that whenever you have lectures you will not have to work. This basically means we are confined to work on retail. I am bloody grateful for the job that I have now, despite all the stress it has caused me. More than me being flexible, it is actually the managers that are quite flexible, which is more than great. I am not going to sugar coat it because most times it has been a nightmare to juggle my student and worker responsibilities. Even though I have only been working the minimum hours, most times it still meant I only had one free day during the week, and weekends off were frequently non-existent. This meant that the little free time I had was used to study, write my essays, and so forth. After a while it was easy to not have any will to write in here as I was mostly exhausted by the time I was free after dinner. And having this job meant that from October until now I only had two days of real holidays. Because I am working on retail and stores barely close – like really, we only close two days a year, Sunday Easter and Christmas Day -, and Christmas is our busiest time of the year, it meant no Christmas holidays at all, no New Years holidays at all, no going back home at all. This was bloody difficult to swallow because as students, no matter what, we are always too used to our weekends free, to our extensive holidays, and this was the moment that I basically realised that I am never getting that back again, even if I start working in academia. I guess it was about time to get into real adulthood. I am sorry but until you start working or until you have a family, you really do not have that many responsibilities. The life of a student is a blessing and a great privilege. Do not take it for granted. Adult responsibilities suck!

So basically these have been my last six months in London. It has not been pretty most of the time, but there is not much I can complain about. Or, I mean, I can complain but I cannot forget the privilege stool in which I am standing on top of. As I said, I do not know what this post really means, if I am coming back for real, if it will only be temporary. I guess we will see soon.