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The film, Pull of Gravity (2015), tells the story of three men who have returned to their communities from places of incarceration. In this film, we learn of their struggles with reintegrating into, and remaining in, their home communities, as well as the supports and coping strategies they use to contend with these struggles. For your initial post, discuss the following:
First, why do you think the filmmakers named the film “Pull of Gravity”?
Second, focusing on one of the men (Kev, El, or Andy), What needs (e.g. substance abuse, health, employment/financial, family-related) did the individual experience? In your opinion, what societal-level barriers or situations led to these needs? In your opinion, what individual-level barriers or situations led to these needs? Explain.
Identify at least one coping strategy the individual used to address these needs and barriers. In your opinion, how effective was this coping strategies in addressing the need or barrier? Explain.
Finally, after their confrontation with the police, TT (one of El’s friends) stated “We need change… we don’t need criticism, we need constructive criticism… don’t just push us down and beat us down, try to build us up. We need someone to build us up, give us something to gravitate toward, to grab.”
In your opinion, what could this change or “something to gravitate to” look like?