“Haze.” I know, the first thing you think of is fraternities hazing their pledges, because that’s the first thing I thought of, as well. But it’s so much more than that. In the film, which has been shown at college and university campuses nation wide, there is a call for young people to wake up to the reality of binge drinking. I never drank in high school because I made a promise to myself that I would not drink until I was twenty-one (while living in the states). There has been a major cultural shift from many years ago to now. One expert made a comment that we no longer drink with each other, instead we try to out drink each other. I would have to say this statement seriously summarizes everything. I attended numerous parties my first year where people sat around ripping shots just so they could get drunk. I personally do not find the excitement in this, but I’ll leave you to be the judge.
This film touches so many levels of drinking that I cannot truly do it justice. It is very graphic and insightful. There were several times where I had to close my eyes or turn away from the screen because it was so gruesome. This film is not just for Greek students, but for all of us, including your parents. I am going to make my Mother watch it this weekend. The Mother of Gordie, the son who died in the film, said that she blames herself for not being able to protect her son because she was unaware of what is actually happening on campuses these days. It’s horrible that she feels that she has to live with that burden. Find an hour and watch this film and challenge yourself. You can learn more about the film and the project, The Gordie Foundation, here.