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At What Cost Does It Take To Gain Freedom?

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At What Cost Does It Take To Gain Freedom?

A film showing its rooted sense of place and community, and rebellious spirit, Mustang is an accomplished and engaging debut of what still goes on in the lives of young girls today. It is a must watch for those who want to know more about other communities that are still engaging in age old traditions and the consequences that it can have on the generations after.

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    Five innocent young girls from in a Turkish village just want to have fun. They want to go to the beach, hook up with boys, and marry who they want. But the society they live in won’t have any of that. They are subjected to a life of servitude, and there is no one to rescue them; no prince is charming.

    After bidding their teacher, who is moving to Istanbul, an emotional farewell, five orphaned sisters decided to have a little fun. They went to the beach and played with boys, who carried them on their backs. When their grandmother hears about it, she scolds them for behaving like whores and locks them up in the house, to begin preparing them to be marriage. But the girls want to have a life of their own. They want to marry people they love, drive a car, wear cute clothes, go watch a football match, and kiss boys. But their grandmother and uncle won’t have that. Freedom is expensive in this Turkish village. The fear of losing their freedom forces them to initiate dangerous plans to escape.

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    The struggle for freedom

    Mustang is a Golden Globe and Oscar-nominated movie about the struggle to attain freedom. Every human being wants to be free to decide what they do with their lives. Five orphaned girls living in a Turkish village get to realize that the society in which they live can have a severe impact and consequence on their future. The movie also discusses young love as the oldest sister, Sonay, sneaks out every time to meet her lover. Another critical subject the film deals with the issue of sexual molestation of little girls by an older man. Erol, their uncle, continually harasses the girls. What makes it even worse is that their grandmother, knows about it, but won’t say anything.

    Lost of innocence

    There is also the issue of child marriage. The grandmother believes that marrying off the girls at a tender age saves them from falling into immorality, something the whole village upholds as a virtue. Mustang is a sad reminder of the kind of world children around the world are forced to live in. It is also full of fun, laughs, cries, and hope. Mustang is recommended for everyone who loves freedom and everything that comes with it.

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    We encourage you to save and watch this movie. It is a sad story about the reality that millions of girls around the world still live in today.

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    Last Updated on January 13, 2022

    10 Cheap And Amazing Honeymoon Ideas

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    10 Cheap And Amazing Honeymoon Ideas

    A honeymoon is important.  The wedding is over.  The months, or even years, of stress and planning are finally over.  It’s time for the two of you to relax, settle in, and start enjoying your time together as you embark on your first journey as a family.

    To make the most of this time for the least amount of money, it’s important to focus on what you want out of a honeymoon.  This isn’t your typical list of touristy honeymoon locations everyone goes to.  Rather, it’s a list of cheap honeymoon experiences a couple can enjoy together, regardless of where it’s at.

    1. Camping

    A week long camping trip is a fantastic way to see how you mesh together as a couple.  You’re put in a low impact “survival” situation where it’s just the 2 of you and nature.  You have a chance to see how your new spouse handles themselves when left with the basics of life.  There are amazing national parks all over the United States where you can camp for a week for $20-30, disconnect from technology, and enjoy some of the natural wonders our nation has to offer.

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    2. Staycation

    You don’t have to go anywhere for a honeymoon.  In fact, the tradition of taking a honeymoon vacation is a relatively new one.  Prior to the 19th century, a honeymoon involved staying home together for a month to get to know each other physically.  Think of how blissful it could be to take a full month off work, disconnect from the outside world, and focus entirely on projects together.  You may not be wowing your friends and family with pictures of some exotic location, but they’ll be envious of your escape from the rat race nonetheless.

    3. Island Getaway

    People tend to overspend on their honeymoon vacations to Hawaii, Tahiti, etc.  Going to these places doesn’t have to be expensive.  You don’t need to stay in a 5 star resort when you’re on a Best Western budget.  You’re there to be in the atmosphere of the island, not a hotel room. Book a cheap flight and sleep in a hotel alternative, on the beach or in your car.  It’s the view in paradise that really matters.

    4. Fancy Resort

    Book an expensive resort, spa, or retreat in the city you live in.  While this may seem counterintuitive as a cheap destination, when you consider your savings on airfare and other travel costs, you can afford to be treated like royalty within your own city limits.  If you book a honeymoon package, you’ll end up with a lot of free amenities and extra attention.  There’s no need to fly halfway across the world to live the good life.

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    5. Road Trip

    The journey is often more fulfilling than the actual destination.  If you fly out to some exotic locale, you’ll be stuck on a plane for 8-30 hours.  Rent a luxury car, pick a handful of places you each have always wanted to visit, and go on an adventure.  You can keep food costs down by packing your own snacks, but it’s always a good idea to sample the local delicacies wherever you go, even if it’s only a few states over.

    6. Charter a Boat

    If the ocean is your thing, a week-long cruise can cost you $1500-$3000 per person, depending on the destination.  You also have to factor in travel costs to and from the cruise, alcohol, souvenirs, and on-shore excursions.  You’ll also be surrounded by people.  For the same price (and often much cheaper), you can charter your own boat and enjoy the experience in private.

    7. Las Vegas/Atlantic City

    If gambling is your thing, these are the places to do it.  Which one you choose depends on your preference, budget, and proximity.  The way to make this vacation cheaper is to gamble smart.  Stay away from low odd tables (i.e craps, roulette) and read up on the MIT blackjack strategies to beat the house.  If you do it right, you can win enough for a free trip (and gain a valuable team skill in the process).

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    8. Themed Retreats

    There are weeklong retreats all over the world where you can fully immerse yourselves as a couple into a hobby you’re both passionate about.  Go on a yoga/meditation retreat, a ranch, a vineyard/farm, a backpacking adventure, treasure hunt, or whatever you’re into.

    9. Working Honeymoon

    Your honeymoon doesn’t have to be a vacation.  For a truly memorable experience, dedicate a week to a charity or volunteer organization.  You can drive out to a campground to help restore it in the offseason.  Maybe you’ve always wanted to volunteer to help out your local animal shelter, plant trees, help the homeless, etc.  Use the time to do something together as a couple that will fulfill you spiritually while contributing to the community.  Just because you’re on a honeymoon doesn’t mean you can’t be productive.

    10. Festivals, Fairs & Special Events

    Every city, state, and country has festivals, fairs, and special events.  Find one you’re interested in.  If you time your wedding right, your honeymoon can be a trip to one of these festivals.  Burning Man, SXSW, Bonnaroo, the Renaissance Fair, regional harvest festivals, Mardi Gras, New Years Eve in Times Square, a movie premiere, or whatever you’re into.  If you plan your honeymoon at the right time in the right place, the possibilities are endless.

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