Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Homeless to Harvard - The Liz Murray Story|
Actors: Thora Birch, Michael Riley, Robert Bockstael, Makyla Smith, Kelly Lynch
Director: Peter Levin
Genres: Drama, Television
Liz Murray was raised in poverty by drug-addicted parents. Though they loved her, they were unable to care for her and Liz ended up living on the streets by the age of 15. Profoundly affected by her mother's AIDS-related d... more »
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Zheng Shuying | 08/03/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I switched on the television to catch the initial third of the film, 'Homeless to Harvard'. I could not move after that, because I felt that what the protagonist of the story was so fascinating in, was her moving in a simple kind of way in a complicated pattern of life, in a simple world of her own, yet knowing only the kind of homes she did, of extreme poverty. Underneath the simple story told, there were these other layers of life, and of 'connections'.
After the end of the film, I went into the web to try and locate more information on Liz Murray. I found mountainloads of material: a whole range, in fact. I wrote to Amazon.com, and within minutes, I received a reply (presumably, from some machine-operated response, but it still didn't stop me from being impressed, since I live on the other side of the world, to get that rapidity of reply - the marvels of science)to say that my order for the Liz Murray story on DVD had been noted, and would arrive within the next fortnight. It did - just a few days later. Most impressive, this efficiency.
Since then, I have watched the film twice, and taken my own time to finish it at my own speed. I am someone who has stopped teaching, on early retirement, as a result of poor health. Had I still been at school, I would have taken my personal DVD with me to class, for anaylysis and discussion.
However, when one looks at 'Homeless to Harvard', one could also be looking at not only the disadvantaged in Asian cities, but those with greater problems not only here, but elsewhere as well. That wherever there are these ravages of war for example, other or similar kinds of difficulties run parallel. In that sense, the children at these places are always far worse. Comparisons are invariably impossible. Unfair as well.
I have mentioned this DVD to some friends, and what Amazon.com. had done for me! Actually, some friends had mentioned its world-wide services before, but I had not acted on the knowledge. This has been an eye opener, mainly for the obvious positive points of the message of the film, especially for people who do not have much, or might be disadvantaged. The comparisons or comments might also be made by other people, and it is through the acting of the actress and related people in the cast.
The only part I was not so sure of, was in the conclusion, I didn't feel that it fit well into the rest of the film. That was my personal reaction to it. One presumes that some of the quotations from the film were taken from Liz Murray? I wonder if the film could have ended with one of her quotations.
A. Tong | Vancouver, Canada | 01/27/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The most inspiring movie I've ever seen.
However, I hate how they ended it. Right before the credits it says that Liz Murray left Harvard in 2003. What they didn't mention was that she transferred to Columbia University (still an Ivy League school), continued her studies and is now persuing her masters degree in sociology and psychology.
I wish they simply changed the title and simply didn't emphasize so much about Harvard. That's PR hype for you.
According to her 2005 speech at Greencastle, Ind., Liz Murray says "It's not about Harvard, it's not about a prestigious school. It's not about that. It's about learning, about educating yourself and gathering enough knowledge to find your way through any little crack or crevice you possibly can so you can move up and escape from that trap you were born into."
Homeless to Harvard a movie of a life time
kbremer | NC | 01/14/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"WOW! This was a great Lifetime origianl movie. This movie goes to show you that if you want some thing bad enough, you can get it. Here is a movie of a homelss girl who wanted more for her life and in the end she got it. You have to want to better yourself. If you had seen Liz Murray on the street, you would have thought, well there is another homeless person and not thought twicw about it. And she knew that. But she wanted people to know her as more then just a homeless person. This was an excellent movie."
Victor Hugo | Australia | 11/22/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Never despair. No matter how bad things get, hang on in. To survive you must believe in yourself, and learn to trust."