Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Who is that 'Precious'?
I got the chance to watch Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire yesterday. It gave me watery eyes.
Claireece 'Precious' Jones is a 16 years old, still in middle school. She goes by her middle name, 'Precious'. She endures unimaginable hardships in her young life. Abused by her mother, molested and raped by her father since she was 3. She is pregnant with her second child. The first baby has Down Syndrome. Both pregnancies are the result of rape by her own father. She grows up poor, angry, illiterate, fat, unloved and generally unnoticed.
She always daydreaming of a scene from television, a light-skinned boyfriend, a stroll down a red carpet, surrounded by cameras and adoring fans. I guess that help ease her mind off her problems. Channeling. I did that too, sometimes.
The film got me thinking about children, and the sadness that is the reality of child abuse.