Suggested Discussion Questions

Sometimes life imitates art and vice versa. In the movie, For the Cause, the viewer has an up close and personal glimpse of how inextricably woven politics and social issues are in the dynamics of African American families. The viewer is encouraged to not only watch the movie but also explore the issues raised by the characters in this drama. To assist with this process, the PERSIA system is recommended. For example:

  • What are the important Political issues raised by the movie and how do these issues resonate with the Political issues of today?

  • What Economic forces helped or hindered the forward progress of the characters?

  • Religious commitment has been a mainstay and strength of African American families.  How were the characters impacted by their Religious commitment or lack thereof?

  • The movie was set in 2003. Have Societal views changed significantly since? Explain.

  • Most of the major characters in For the Cause are college educated. How did Intellectualism influence the outcome or resolution of the crises experienced by the characters?

  • Art has been known to imitate life and vice versa.  Is the movie, For the Cause, an example of art imitating life or life imitating art?  Explain your response.

Here are additional questions for your consideration:

  • Subconscious motives are often the most powerful causes of human behavior. Describe any unconscious motives of the major characters (Mirai, Fredi, Paul, Rolly) and explain how these motives affect the actions of those characters.

  • If a psychologist were to look at the actions of Mirai or Fredi, what do you think the psychologist would say about that character? Describe specific statements or actions that you think the psychologist would be interested in and the conclusions that you think the psychologist would draw from those statements or actions.

  • What feelings did you share with any of the characters in the movie?

  • In what ways are the reactions of any of the characters like your own or those of someone you know?

  • Mirai, Fredi and Rolly finally put all the cards on the table regarding an intergenerational secret. How did this revelation change the trajectory of Mirai’s life? Is this something you would or could do if you were in the same situation?