Baghdad Cafe: Making the Impossible Real

My husband and I recently watched the indie film, Baghdad Café. I complained during the beginning that the film seemed boring and that we should watch the other Netflix film about the Galapagos that had arrived. Fortunately, I was too tired to actually get up and bring the Galapagos DVD over to the computer, and so we stuck with Baghdad Café. I’m so glad. It’s an unlikely and quirky film. The characters are not really believable, and nor is the premise, but by the end I didn’t care. I loved the message: Anything is possible. We are capable of so much more than we usually dare to imagine, and if we just dared, who knows what could happen.

Unlike many films these days in which the end is dark and uncertain (or in which there is really no end at all), this film is deeply satisfying. It offers no pat ending, but rather the possibility of more happiness and achievement to come. Jasmin and Brenda, the protagonists in Baghdad Café outstrip our expectations. What if we were to outstrip our own expectations of ourselves. What might we achieve?

And so this film leaves me asking myself and you these questions:

  • What do you want to create?
  • What do you want to be part of?
  • What do you want most for our world and your life?

As Capt. Jean-Luc Picard from the starship Enterprise would say, “Make it so.”

Zoe Weil, President, Institute for Humane Education
Author of Most Good, Least Harm, Above All, Be Kind, and The Power and Promise of Humane Education
My TEDx talk: "The World Becomes What You Teach"

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