Paradise Road (1997)
Encountering conflict is an inevitable facet of human existence, which by definition is the opposition of intangible entities. From conflict individuals and societies may be challenged and furthered in terms of social and moral values and beliefs, as each comes to encounter the underlying and intangible elements of conflict and through this, humanity.
Based on the testimony of survivors, Bruce Beresford’s feature film Paradise Road highlights the potential of conflict to catalyse the revaluation of an individual’s moral compass, the way in which one lives and the values that are important to their existence to be realised. The film portrays …show more content…
When encountering conflict, the individual nature of the response and learning is to be considered, and understanding this underlying personal nature of conflict is essential to the resolution of conflicts and maintenance of societies. Paradise Road does not just focus on the imprisoned victims of conflict but shows that everyone is capable of kindness. Despite the brutal nature and the physical ferocity of the camps, the Japanese are disarmed by music. The women’s aura of hope and resilience when performing their renditions, momentarily softens the heart if their vicious captors. Regardless of his cultural predisposition to despise “women, foreigners and prisoners”, Sergeant Tomiashi is so moved by the power of their music that he is humbled and sees the women as humans for the first time. His encounter with surprising beauty allows him to better understand to people he has been conditioned to detest.
Paradise Road painstakingly prevents from demonising the Japanese, instead showing the effects of conflict on the soldiers and guards, not