One time there were big riots in my home town. It had to do with a big EU top meeting gathering a lot of political active youths and a high ranked police officer who crushed the good relations the local police force has built up with these youths.
The TV showed how one of these kids were shot by the police (no, he didn’t die as many foreign news channels reported).
In the aftermaths Swedish reporters and media dehumanized the police force. They were not displayed as individual characters; frightened and in front of an angry mob. But the mob as showed in media consisted of individuals.
To not risk that we – the audience, the common people – will get feelings for the “wrong” cause, the enemy is dehumanized; one of the oldest tricks in history.
This counts for movies as well. So many movies have been made with a villain not really human; a villain that is just evil and who don’t get a chance to explain him/herself.
But that has changed.
I would say that the number of movies where we get a chance to understand and feel for the bad guy has increased over the last ten years.
This trend gives me hope for mankind.
I think it is by mutual understanding we can move forwards as humans. This does not mean accepting what an individual does, but respecting his right to his emotions and feelings, his right to be.
My hope is that my writings will follow this trend and in some little way will help us make a better world for us all.