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Homeless to Harvard - The Liz Murray Story
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However, I hate how they ended it. Right before the credits it says that Liz Murray left Harvard in 2003. What they didn't mention was that she transferred to Columbia University (still an Ivy League school), continued her studies and is now persuing her masters degree in sociology and psychology.
I wish they simply changed the title and simply didn't emphasize so much about Harvard. That's PR hype for you.
According to her 2005 speech at Greencastle, Ind., Liz Murray says "It's not about Harvard, it's not about a prestigious school. It's not about that. It's about learning, about educating yourself and gathering enough knowledge to find your way through any little crack or crevice you possibly can so you can move up and escape from that trap you were born into."
She's the butt of jokes at school because she has had no training in normal social behanvior and her home is so cluttered and messy that finding clean clothes to wear is a major challenge.
Somehow she manages to rise above her circumstances, beating the odds and going to Harvard. Credit the filmmakers for being honest and staying away from saccharine solutions. THis is a gritty but riveting film. A must-have in my colletion..should be in yours.
After the end of the film, I went into the web to try and locate more information on Liz Murray. I found mountainloads of material: a whole range, in fact. I wrote to Amazon.com, and within minutes, I received a reply (presumably, from some machine-operated response, but it still didn't stop me from being impressed, since I live on the other side of the world, to get that rapidity of reply - the marvels of science)to say that my order for the Liz Murray story on DVD had been noted, and would arrive within the next fortnight. It did - just a few days later. Most impressive, this efficiency.
Since then, I have watched the film twice, and taken my own time to finish it at my own speed. I am someone who has stopped teaching, on early retirement, as a result of poor health. Had I still been at school, I would have taken my personal DVD with me to class, for anaylysis and discussion.
However, when one looks at 'Homeless to Harvard', one could also be looking at not only the disadvantaged in Asian cities, but those with greater problems not only here, but elsewhere as well. That wherever there are these ravages of war for example, other or similar kinds of difficulties run parallel. In that sense, the children at these places are always far worse. Comparisons are invariably impossible. Unfair as well.Read more ›
If you follow her life after Harvard, you will find her very inspirational as well. Well worth whatever you pay for this.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I play this movie for my sixth grade students. It has a great message for them.Published 4 days ago by Candice Ybarra
You almost have to be into self abuse to watch the first 90% of this movie.Published 28 days ago by Shipo
I'd heard about her story so often and wanted to watch the whole thing myself. I had to turn the movie off though because of the graphic descriptions of the abuse suffered by... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sandy Eagon
Very heartwrenching, but what a message that everyone should see and hear from this amazing woman. The love and forgiveness Liz had for her parents, and the hope, courage, and... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Lisa Soares