Families - We Are Together

In Mathis, Texas, students made a video about the closeness of a small town where families come together to support neighbors in need. They were assisted by Appalshop, a media arts and education organization based in Whitesburg, Kentucky. 

This video was created by students at the Mathis High School for International Studies in Mathis,Texas to share with students in Jogjakarta, Indonesia and in Asia Society's International Studies Schools Network in Charlotte, North Carolina. After you watch the video, read what the students thought and post your own comments!

Responses to "Families - We Are Together"

  1. Jogjakarta1 Says:
    March 13th, 2009 at 4:57 am

    I like this production a lot. It reminds me of the things which happened to me a few years ago. There was an earthquake, the house was broke into pieces and no one was able to help us because their houses was destroyed too. So, me and my family, we gathered around and we fixed the house together. Well, to be honest, none of us was expert on fixing things. But we believe in each other and we support each other. That’s why we could fixed the house in less than five days. The most important thing in the family is to stay together as one. We have to believe each other in one family, that’s what makes family special. I watched a movie before that has something o do with this production. In the story, the bad thing happened for good. Why? Because it makes the members of the family learn how to believe each other and how to stay together as one. Now, let me ask something. If we ask God to love each other in our family, does God directly give us feeling to love each other? Or does God give us chance to love each other? (Anisa)

  2.  Mathis Says:
    March 13th, 2009 at 10:05 am

    As a family of 4,i think this video shows that being a family mean sticking together. Even in a small town,a lot of bad things can happen,especially in small neighborhoods.This video makes me think that having a plan with your family is safe idea.

  3.  Charlotte Says:
    March 25th, 2009 at 4:31 am

    This video shows how families unite in times of need. It can really be a downer to have your house ruined, but this family perservered and survived and that shows human integrity

  4.  Mathis Says:
    April 1st, 2009 at 10:29 am

    I like what the title say’s it a good topic I i would of never come up with that.
    sencerly ramiro

  5.  Mathis Says:
    April 2nd, 2009 at 9:12 am

    I like this video and the way it comes together. It shows that how a little community comes together and help out one another when needed. Like myself I help out my community by selling tickets to help out our school. Like i said before this video is good and has a lot of meaning to it. (esther)

  6.  Jogjakarta8 Says:
    April 16th, 2009 at 4:24 am

    We like this video  It’s show that love each other in a family is very important.
    Like Anisa said, in Jogjakarta, few years ago, there was an earthquake. After disaster, not just family members that feel love each other and feel together as one, but we feel it with our neighbors too. Honestly, we didn’t close by our neighbors. But in that panic situation, we realized that we need our neighbor. We went together to the north because there was an issue that said tsunami would come from the south seas. We went to the north with one car and there are somebody that we never seen before, but we still helped each other! Fortunately, tsunami didn’t happen. And we helped each other to kept our valuable goods if we need to go to somewhere. We need to keep our relationship with our neighbors, especially in Indonesia. And for Anisa, we’ll answer your question : God give us chance to love each other. It is more beautiful, isn’t? (Anggie and Azug - SMA 8 Jogja)

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