Keeping Up with Kanika: new experiences

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Keeping Up with Kanika: new experiences

From social issues to stuff happening on campus, senior Kanika Kappalayil provides her take in this weekly column.

From social issues to stuff happening on campus, senior Kanika Kappalayil provides her take in this weekly column.

Juleanna Culilap

From social issues to stuff happening on campus, senior Kanika Kappalayil provides her take in this weekly column.

Juleanna Culilap

Juleanna Culilap

From social issues to stuff happening on campus, senior Kanika Kappalayil provides her take in this weekly column.

Kanika Kappalayil, Staff Reporter

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I wouldn’t consider myself a history buff.

I’ve always had a great appreciation for learning it and respecting it, however.  Recently for an extra credit opportunity in AP Euro I ended up going down to the Angelika Film Center down in Dallas to watch They Shall Not Grow Old, a World War I colorized documentary directed by Peter Jackson, producer of the Lord of the Rings series.

For a film that I did not expect to attract a huge audience, the theater was moderately packed with adults and and a couple teens.

The documentary itself smashed every pre-conceived notion I had of it. I always tend to associate war documentaries before color in film to be gray, dismal, and lacking life. It’s hard to be immersed into a world you can’t relate to.

The colorization and the technology, however, of They Shall Not Grow Old, lent itself to a vivid universe, one in which the joys, sorrows, and everything in between could be felt along with the soldiers.

I found I could relate to the merriment and pastimes of the soldiers, and I found a link between the history and the humanity that is sometimes lost in the textbooks.

Watching the film with my dad was a nice reminder that treating yourself to new experiences can be so worth it.