30 for 30: Children of Men (2006)




My last full year as an undergraduate saw me becoming the Films Chair at the FIU Student Programming Council – something I had wanted to do ever since I joined the organization in my freshman year. I also became a Senior Staff Writer at The Beacon, and was introduced by Vijay to Pi Kappa Phi. It was a year of many memories but the most important moment by far was leaving the States in June as a student and returning in August as an American resident. This was thus the month I said goodbye to Abu Dhabi, Dubai and the United Arab Emirates – the country I was born in and had called home for the first 17 years of my life. Moving to the States was a life-changing step for my family, especially for my parents, who made a huge sacrifice by leaving behind their established jobs, lives and families in the Middle East to move here where they had nothing. It was a bold move that I love and thank them for. And they did it for their children… so that we could have a better future.

Which brings me to Children of Men. Like my pick for 2007, this was the last movie I watched that year. For most of the fall of 2006, I couldn’t shut up about The Departed, the film that would eventually become my #2 of the year. Look, The Departed is a great movie and I love it dearly but there’s something about Alfonso Cuaron’s haunting masterpiece that stays with me. Maybe it’s Lubezki’s cinematography or Clive Owen’s deeply affecting performance or the Biblical allegories. Whatever it is, this is a remarkable film that grows in stature every time I watch it. It just might be my favorite movie ever!

About 30-for-30

Movies are a huge part of my life – I mean, why else would I be running a blog/site devoted to movies? To commemorate the occasion of my 30th birthday (later this month), I’ll be counting down to the big day by posting a photo of my favorite movie for each year of the last 30 years I’ve survived on this planet. These aren’t my favorite 30 movies EVER but merely the movie I consider my favorite (or the best) of each year. This is my 30 for 30. Click here to see the other 30 for 30 posts.


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