Spotlight!

Critics predicted that Spotlight would win big at the Golden Globes. Instead this powerful movie about how the Boston Globe investigative journalist team uncovered the abuse perpetrated on children by Priests and the attempts at cover up by the Catholic Diocese was snubbed.

The Martian, arguably a riveting film and the Revenant, which I have yet to see, were the big winners. But I am left to wonder at how Spotlight, a film that is enthralling, moving and very much reality based left the awards with no recognition. Just for the bravery of confronting the child molestation and sex abuse scandal the film should have won, at the very least, an award mention. True it is not the first film to explore the topic of childhood sexual abuse, but in my opinion it is the most honest and true to life depiction thus far.

Perhaps I am biased. I have met several of the individuals portrayed in the film and spoken with others, both the good ones and the bad. You can argue that as a result of my involvement I am biased. I would counter that those who voted for and awarded the honors are more about entertainment than authenticity. Discussing abuse is still anathema. The molestation of children particularly by our leaders and authority figures is a difficult, painful topic that many still refuse to believe is a serious problem. Spotlight offers a teachable moment, those involved in entertainment are perhaps more about distraction and recreation, less about dealing with the pain.

To my mind, Spotlight still takes home the honors. Let’s hope that it does at the Oscars.

About the Author
Dr Michael Salamon, is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and a 2018 APA Presidential Citation Awardee. He is the founder and director of ADC Psychological Services in New York and the author of numerous articles, several psychological tests and books including "The Shidduch Crisis: Causes and Cures" (Urim Publications) and "Every Pot Has a Cover" (University Press of America). His newest book is called "Abuse in the Jewish Community: Religious and Communal Factors that Undermine the Apprehension of Offenders and the Treatment of Victims."
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