On Thursday 16th March 2017, we saw the French film Storm-Drenched Minds, about a disabled lesbian couple. It was a very moving film that emphasised a lot of messages. A common feature of the film would be the overly-long, real time scenes of Laurence, who suffered a severe stroke in her twenties, doing things that for an able-bodied person would take mere seconds – such as putting shoes on or washing dishes. It also dealt with the theme of prejudice, namely how Laurence’s condition worsened due to be left unattended in the hospital for nine hours after her stroke, with the doctors considering her a nothing more than a drug-user due to her bohemian style. The overall message of the film that even with severe disability, people can still love and are still people.
Following this we worked some more on the NYQ letter about the premature cancellation of the Dubs Amendment (this was done after overcoming some initial difficulty regarding getting into the Psychology building). We decided to emphasise the serious impact of being an unaccompanied refugee has on the mental health of children, and drew up a list of MPs, peers and government and shadow ministers to send the letter to.
We ended the evening on the lighter note of watching some highly-entertaining Quaker parodies of music videos on YouTube! Check out What Does George Fox Say? for some fun historical references.