The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (2008): “The innocence is being destroyed.”

“I’m a history major, so I had to watch The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (2008). It is hard for any film to be historically accurate, but I think it portrayed the innocence of kids during a time of war and I feel that everyone is so disconnected. I’m from New Zealand where we call it isolated and what not”

“When I watched that film it was all of a sudden children in the war and not like men just going off. It was children senselessly being killed and it put a whole human face to it. I struggled to watch that because I feel that all wars are needless and it was even tougher to watch, because it is about children. It is still a Hollywood film, but just picturing it and it’s not even explicit, it is just the implications that you think in your head. You’re like “oh why?!” So, yeah I think when I got into it, it kind of scared me a lot. I thought this actually happens, you know. I am so lucky to be living in a time where there is peace. Well, relative “peace”

“The film takes place during the Second World War. It is also based on the book as well. So, it’s about two boys. One is Jewish and one is a German boy and they meet at the fence of a concentration camp which probably would not happen in real life, but just the imagery of these two boys who are the same in every aspect but are separated by this one thing. It just really got to me, you know. So that was one film I struggled to watch”

“I just think that everyone should work together to be peaceful and to help each other so that nothing like that can ever happen again, even though it’s still so hard. I mean you’ve got so much happening in this world currently and anything that we can try to do, to stop that and try and help kids in refugee camps and kids struggling in warzones. That’s a very optimistic attitude, but I mean we got to start somewhere. That’s what I took from the film. We should do everything in our power to remember those we’ve lost and never let it happen again because the innocence is being destroyed”

Photo and story by Feargal Agard