Yay! Another film that follows a straightforward narrative that was very easy to understand! The Edukators is about individuals who break into rich people’s houses, not to steal anything but to rearrange their furniture and mess up their homes to leave a message that they are being watched and are unsafe in their supposedly rich people secure homes. They leave notes in the houses they visit that would say, “Your days of plenty are numbered.”
The Edukators is a film that captures the frustrations of people who feel deeply disturbed and unsatisfied about the unjust political and economic systems. It revolves around different conflicting oppositions such as rich versus poor, old versus young, and Capitalists versus anti-Capitalists. I personally liked this film because it reminded me of the eye-opening lessons I learned from Theology 141 that introduced me to the unjust realities of the world, and how sin is not just personal but also social, as it is also embedded in the sinful systems and structures that surround us. In the film, we see how the rich live comfortably in their mansions while the poor, who work just as hard, struggle to survive and get by each passing day. The rich is not necessarily at fault because perhaps they were fortunate enough to be born into their wealth, but it becomes a problem when they continue to want to be rich just for the sake of having more, while others barely have anything. Or worse, if their desires start to affect the lives of others. The pivotal lunch scene in the film shows Hardenberg guilty of this, and he doesn’t even seem sorry for it, defending himself by saying, “I play the game, but I didn’t make up the rules.” This is a reality that we face in the kind of world that we live in, and I appreciate the film for talking about it. I also found it empowering and inspiring to see how much passion the young characters had for fighting for their ideals. But I also thought that their methods for doing so is very radical, impulse-driven, ineffective, and obviously unethical. They tried to scare off the rich and they did so successfully, but it doesn’t really do anything about making the rich realize the structures they are in that would move them to action against the system. I think the only thing that that would probably make them do is to tighten their security even more, and just move on with their luxurious lifestyles. The only person they actually got to educate was Hardenberg when they kidnapped him. They had good intentions and the right ideals, but not the best methods.
Production-wise, the film was very simple. There were some awkward scenes, inconsistent angles, and weird use of music, plus its unnecessarily long running time, but I’d still say it’s a good effort for a movie with a message like this one.
Overall, The Edukators is a very hopeful kind of film that calls its viewers to reflect on issues relevant to the society today and urge them to respond to these issues and take action in the ways that they can. It’s one that touches one of my personal advocacies, and that’s my most favorite thing about this film.