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Comments on the Making of a Sequel

sequel people“If the Mango Tree Could Speak” is a classic. I use it every fall in my large (365 students) introductory Sociology course, as part of our discussion of war as a social problem. The film demonstrates a key point in understanding the problem of war, which is that the vast majority of victims of war are non-combatants, and their wounds are deep, emotional, and long-lasting. The film challenges viewers to consider what the future will be for countries ravaged by conflict as children grow into adults and build their own worlds on the ruins of childhoods of terror and loss.

“I can think of no more compelling story than a follow-on to this film classic. What has been the fate of these beautiful young people as they have grown into adulthood? Are they resilient, are they lost, do they pursue lives of peace and justice, or have they come to embrace terror and violence in their adult lives? A sequel to ‘If the Mango Tree Could Speak,’ done twenty years later, will close the circle on this moving story.”

DOUGLAS L. MURRAY
PROFESSOR OF SOCIOLOGY, COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY

“I’m so glad you made “If the Mango Tree Could Speak” because it’s helped me in ways I can’t explain…. Please make a second film!!!!!! The first film touched the souls of many. I want to help, but I don’t know how. How can a thirteen-year-old girl help? I sort of felt anger and yet heartache when I saw your movie. I figure, why can I be so happy here, when I know that thousands and thousands of kids die every day and always have to live in fear? If you do see any of them, could you say that I’m proud of them? I feel so proud of them for the way they just kept on living and suffering through the heart ache and tough times, yet they still managed to find a bright spot. Do they know that some Americans have seen the movie and want them to know that we care?”

THIRTEEN-YEAR-OLD STUDENT
AXTELL MIDDLE SCHOOL, SIOUX FALLS, SD

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