Today I want to tell you something that happened this week with a group of secondary students that I have. This is my first year working at a secondary school. We were dealing with vocabulary related to movies and tv shows, and something amazing happened. I told them that I love horror movies, but I don't like movies with real animals. One of my students told me about a movie called "Okja." I saw this movie a couple of days ago. The movie is about a genetically modified pig that it is super big (almost like a hippo). Okja is the best friend of a Korean girl. The company who creates Okja wants her back to make her food. This girl would do anything to save her friend. The movie shows how cruel the food industry is with animals.
For 10 idyllic years, young Mija (An Seo Hyun) has been the caretaker and constant companion to Okja-a massive animal and an even bigger friend at her home in the mountains of South Korea. But that changes when a family-owned multinational conglomerate Mirando Corporation takes Okja for themselves and transports her to New York, where image obsessed and self-promoting CEO Lucy Mirando (Tilda Swinton) has big plans for Mija's dearest friend. With no particular plan but single-minded in intent, Mija sets out on a rescue mission, but her already daunting journey quickly becomes more complicated when she crosses paths with disparate groups of capitalists, demonstrators and consumers, each battling to control the fate of Okja...while all Mija wants to do is bring her friend home. Deftly blending genres, humour, poignancy and drama, Bong Joon Ho (Snowpiercer, The Host) begins with the gentlest of premises-the bond between man and animal and ultimately creates a distinct and layered vision of the world that addresses the animal inside us all. Okja is a Plan B Entertainment, Lewis Pictures and Kate Street Picture Company production in association with Netflix. - Written by Netflix
I told my students that I'm a vegetarian since I was a kid. So, without me even asking a debate started. They started giving their opinions about vegetarianism and animal cruelty. They were using English to discuss. Half of the class was in favour and the other half against Vegetarianism. It's amazing when your students change your plan completely.
I loved it because they were giving their opinions in English. This school is not a bilingual school, but they did their best to convey what they wanted to say. They were eager to express their ideas, and they didn't care to make mistakes. They took turns to present arguments and respond the other students. Finally, my students agreed animal cruelty exists. They said that there should be some regulations in food production. We had a great time discussing something very controversial. This experience has made me realise how unpredictable a lesson could be.