Soul Man? additional ideas

Soul Man cover.pngThese are some ideas for how you could enhance your Soul Man? sessions with songs, film clips, etc. If you think of any others, please let us know so that we can include them in this list.

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The soul

If you are using the Army version of Soul Man? with a group of soldiers, you could play the song 'All These Things That I’ve Done' by The Killers (Track 5 on the album Hot Fuss). It includes the repeated line, ‘I got soul, but I’m not a soldier.’ You could use it to ask the question ‘Can you be a soldier and have soul?’

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There is a scene in the film A Few Good Men (approximately 26 minutes into the film) in which US Marines talk about ‘the code’ they follow, which is: Unit, Corps, God, Country. Showing this film clip - and particularly if you are using the Army version of Soul Man? - could lead into a discussion about where God fits into a list of priorities. You could ask the participants to develop and write down their own 'codes'.

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The Bon Jovi song 'Livin’ On A Prayer' (Track 3 on the album Slippery When Wet) could be used to introduce the session and prompt a discussion about whether prayer is an essential part of life or just something to fall back on in tough times.

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Right and wrong

The Legend of Bagger Vance has a scene (between the timings 1:42:33 to 1:44:54) in which one of the characters, Rannulph Junuh, accidentally moves his golf ball before playing a shot. It is only seen by himself and his caddies, and a conversation then takes place as to whether he should call a penalty on himself. This would be a good clip to prompt a discussion about right and wrong and the part our consciences play in our decisions.

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Life after death

In a scene in the TV series Blackadder, the character Baldrick carves his name into a bullet because he figures that if he owns the bullet with his name on it, it’s unlikely to ever hit him. You could show this clip as a funny ice-breaker to introduce the theme of life after death and whether beliefs about an afterlife make a difference to perceptions about death. The clip is in Series 4 (Blackadder Goes Forth), Episode 1.

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One of the ice-breaker questions for this session is: ‘Could forgiveness be regarded as a weapon? If so, how?’ In the film Invictus, Nelson Mandela is portrayed as saying, 'Forgiveness liberates the soul. It removes fear. That is why it is such a powerful weapon.' This would be a good scene to show prior to asking the ice-breaker question. The clip runs from 11:21 to 14:21 in the film.

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The mind

To introduce the subject of the mind and what goes on inside it, you could show the UK trailer 2 for the Disney animation film Inside Out. For a longer discussion starter, you could watch the Disney short film Inner Workings, which is on the Moana DVD. It depicts a struggle between a man’s mind and his heart. It is six minutes long.

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If you are using the Army version of Soul Man? with a group of soldiers, trailers for films such as We Were SoldiersSaving Private Ryan and Restrepo could be shown to put the theme of suffering into a context the participants are familiar with.

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Ambition, success and failure

The film October Sky is about a group of boys from a mining community staking their hopes on building rockets to try to win a science prize. You could show the clip from 19:26 to 24:16 to get people thinking and talking about the ambitions they had as children, how they may have differed from what their parents hoped for them and the value of doing something with limited chance of success.

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In the film About A Boy, the main character, Will, talks about not meaning anything to anyone, which guarantees him a long, depression-free life. The film then goes on to show him developing a relationship with Marcus, a friend’s son. The clip (from 33:45 to 39:09 in the film) could be shown to prompt discussion about the comfort and challenges relationships bring. 

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Any of the 'This is belonging' Army recruitment adverts could be shown to introduce the theme and prompt discussion when using the resource with a group of soldiers.

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Life transitions

At the start of the film, The Field of Dreams, the main character, Ray Kinsella, narrates the story of his life. He mentions lots of major life events, including birth, marriage, death, moving home, breakdown of relationships, college, new relationships and changing career. The scene ends (at 3:42) with Ray saying, 'But until I heard the voice, I’d never done a crazy thing in my whole life.' This would be a good clip to get the men in the group thinking about the transitions that have taken place in their lives and what would prompt them to make a change in life that seems to be ‘crazy’.