‘Batkid Begins’ trailer: How a boy’s wish came true

23 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘Batkid Begins’ Trailer Promises Joy, Tears.

Yesterday, Warner Bros. released the trailer for the movie detailing the events of Nov. 15, 2013, when 25,000 people in San Francisco turned up to help Miles Scott, 5, become Batman for a day Miles Scott of Tulelake, Calif., was diagnosed with lymphoblastic leukemia at 18 months and endured several years of chemotherapy with the last treatment being in June 2013.SlashFilm reported that the boy named Miles Scott was chosen by the San Francisco Make-A-Wish foundation to have his dream come true and when word got out, it became a worldwide phenomenon. During his treatments, the boy became obsessed with superheros and when San Francisco’s Make-A-Wish Foundation asked the boy what he wanted more than anything in the world, he said that he dreamed of being Batkid. It was a feel-good moment for the whole world, and with BatMan Begins—a documentary about Miles’ city-saving adventure and how it all came to be—we get to experience the warm fuzzies and heartwarming moments all over again!

For the elaborate wish, San Francisco transformed into Gotham City for the day as large crowds of people cheered on Scott through numerous staged crimes. The documentary takes a look at Scott’s lifelong love for the superhero, as his father Nick connects the boy’s battle with leukemia to his attraction to Batman’s fight for justice in the movies and TV shows. “One of his doctors told us that with this disease they become like a fighter. The Scott family has established the Batkid Fund in an effort to reciprocate the generosity of Make-A-Wish and other organizations that stood by their side as Miles fought leukemia. The documentary film hits select theatres on June 26, while Hollywood star Julia Roberts will produce and star in a feature film adaptation of the documentary.

A previous quote in this story should have been attributed to Erik Childress, a writer whose article appeared on rogerebert.com, instead of Roger Ebert. Make-A-Wish saw a huge response across the world following the initial posting of their plan on Facebook, which led to thousands of strangers making their way to San Francisco to not only watch Batkid live out his childhood dream, but to find ways to help make the day perfect. No word on what role she will play in the feature film or when it is set to be released. 2015 may not bring everything that Back to the Future II promised it would: flying cars, self-lacing shoes, we don’t see ’em happening over the next 12 months. (Then again, don’t bet against Nike.) But this year will definitely pack plenty of punch when it comes to cultural happenings. Mad Max will roar back out of the apocalypse while Mad Men rides off into the sunset, rock’s Antichrist Superstar and hip-hop’s Yeezus will rise again. After months of escalating protests and grassroots organizing in response to the police killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, police reformers have issued many demands.

The moderates in this debate typically qualify their rhetoric with “We all know we need police, but…” It’s a familiar refrain to those of us who’ve spent years in the streets and the barrios organizing around police violence, only to be confronted by officers who snarl, “But who’ll help you if you get robbed?” We can put a man on the moon, but we’re still lacking creativity down here on Earth. While law enforcers have existed in one form or another for centuries, the modern police have their roots in the relatively recent rise of modern property relations 200 years ago, and the “disorderly conduct” of the urban poor. Like every structure we’ve known all our lives, it seems that the policing paradigm is inescapable and everlasting, and the only thing keeping us from the precipice of a dystopic Wild West scenario.

Rather than be scared of our impending Road Warrior future, check out just a few of the practicable, real-world alternatives to the modern system known as policing: Unarmed but trained people, often formerly violent offenders themselves, patrolling their neighborhoods to curb violence right where it starts. Stop believing that police are heroes because they are the only ones willing to get in the way of knives or guns – so are the members of groups like Cure Violence, who were the subject of the 2012 documentary The Interrupters.

There are also feminist models that specifically organize patrols of local women, who reduce everything from cat-calling and partner violence to gang murders in places like Brooklyn. While police forces have benefited from military-grade weapons and equipment, some of the most violent neighborhoods have found success through peace rather than war. Violent offenses count for a fraction of the 11 to 14 million arrests every year, and yet there is no real conversation about what constitutes a crime and what permits society to put a person in chains and a cage. Decriminalization doesn’t work on its own: The cannabis trade that used to employ poor Blacks, Latinos, indigenous and poor whites in its distribution is now starting to be monopolized by already-rich landowners.

To quote investigative journalist Christian Parenti’s remarks on criminal justice reform in his book Lockdown America, what we really need most of all is “less.” Also known as reparative or transformative justice, these models represent an alternative to courts and jails. From hippie communes to the IRA and anti-Apartheid South African guerrillas to even some U.S. cities like Philadelphia’s experiment with community courts, spaces are created where accountability is understood as a community issue and the entire community, along with the so-called perpetrator and the victim of a given offense, try to restore and even transform everyone in the process. Communities that have tools to engage with each other about problems and disputes don’t have to consider what to do after anti-social behaviors are exhibited in the first place. In Mexico, where one of the world’s most corrupt police forces only has credibility as a criminal syndicate, there have been armed groups of Policia Comunitaria and Autodefensas organized by local residents for self-defense from narcotraffickers, femicide and police.

Obviously these could become police themselves and then be subject to the same abuses, but as a temporary solution they have been making a real impact. In New York, Rikers Island jails as many people with mental illnesses “as all 24 psychiatric hospitals in New York State combined,” which is reportedly 40% of the people jailed at Rikers.

We have created a tremendous amount of mental illness, and in the real debt and austerity dystopia we’re living in, we have refused to treat each other for our physical and mental wounds. Mental health has often been a trapdoor for other forms of institutionalized social control as bad as any prison, but shifting toward preventative, supportive and independent living care can help keep those most impacted from ending up in handcuffs or dead on the street.

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