Raise Your Voice
“Don't Hold Back. Don't Give Up.”
Whom among us doesn't have a dream, ambition? No One. All of us want to achieve something in our lives. Sometimes they are things that looks like impossible to achieve but still with hard work and focus we can do it. We can make it possible. But then at times there are people who will disagree still we do it as we know every decision we make does have consequences that will bring. I myself want to be a Psychologist or a Physical Therapist but i took Bachelor of Computer Science when i got in college. You ask why i did that? Why did i made my dream to be a Psychologist or Physical Therapist impossible at this time? Well it is because of a lot of factors. First money, we don't have enough money for me to pursue such education that might cost a lot. Second i got a scholarship which unfortunately didn't offer such course and i wouldn't let it slip out of my hands as i know it will help me a lot. Third BS ComSci is at its peek at that time. I might make my dream possible now that i graduated and got my own job, I just need to save money for it aside from me helping my family.
Raise Your Voice about a seventeen year old small town girl who loves to sing named Terri. She does have a brother named Paul who is rebellious but always support her and act as her inspiration and best friend and an overbearing father named Simon who even though supportive thinks that there are a lot more important things rather than singing. Terri brought tickets for them to see a Canadian band for their one night concert but her brother is grounded after having a fight with their father and so he can't go but Terri insisted that it is just a one night concert and that it'll be the last night of fun for them before Paul goes to college.
They had a great time but on their way home they encounter a major accident resulted for Terri being injured and sadly Paul being dead. Terri felt guilty it and that it was her fault that her brother died. What she didn't know is that her brother video almost everything that she does specially when she's singing. Paul secretly submitted a demo video of her doing singing and it resulted for her to be accepted to join the prestigious program. With Terri feeling guilty she give up her dream thinking that it'll be good to just stay on their town. Later on her mother let her realize that her brother wanted her to go but her father disagree but her mother wants otherwise as she wants to give everything to her only child remaining for her to be happy. For the first time Terri lies to her father and she goes to Los Angeles with the help of her mother and aunt.
At Los Angeles, struggles to fit in with other talented students. Competition arises as everyone wants to have the scholarship which to be given to one student at the end of summer. With her being intimidated she can even do better on her class. Later, she gain confidence and make friends including Jay and Mr. Torvald their teacher, mentor and friend to her. Mr. Torvald showed her the video that her brother sent to them that resulted for her to be there. She cried but she later realizes that her brother did it because he wants her to go for her dreams and so she partnered with Jay and they make their music together.
Jay and Terri composes a song entitled Someone's Watching Over Me and there she overcomes her grief and sing farewell to her brother. They didn't win the scholarship grant still they're happy. Another thing Terri's father favor that she'll continue to pursue her dream.
The film shows the characters faith with God in time of crisis and that they find comfort knowing that God is beside them even they felt down and loosing confidence.
Labels: 2004, Drama