‘The audacity of hope’

The teddy bear that often features in my films belongs to my son Andrew. The bear is called Hale Bopp, and is named after the comet that was trailing a blaze in the night sky as Andrew was born. Both Andrew and the bear are now 21 years old. Both share a love of traveling and exploring: learning from other people and other cultures.

It is rare for me to do a political film but I felt a need to make this one. In this short film I juxtapose recent spoken words of President Donald Trump (made in the White House during a hostile exchange with journalists) with words made many years ago by Barack Obama (written when he was a Senator: ‘The Audacity of Hope’).

Music credit: ‘From Truth’ by Dexter Britain (kindly made free by Dexter Britain to share under common license)

Barack Obama, The Audacity of Hope:
“We hang on to our values, even if they seem at times tarnished and worn; even if, as a nation and in our own lives, we have betrayed them more often that we care to remember. What else is there to guide us? Those values are our inheritance, what makes us who we are as a people. And although we recognize that they are subject to challenge, can be poked and prodded and debunked and turned inside out bu intellectuals and cultural critics, they have proven to be both surprisingly durable and surprisingly constant across classes, and races, and faiths, and generations. We can make claims on their behalf, so long as we understand that our values must be tested against fact and experience, so long as we recall that they demand deeds and not just words.”

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