Saturday, May 14, 2016

Ms. Sophie Okonedo

                                     Ms. Sophie Okonedo
                                     Arthur Miller’s The Crucible (Until Jul 17th 2016)
                                     c/o Walter Kerr Theatre
                                     219 West 48th Street
                                     New York, NY  10036

Dear Ms. Okonedo,

My name is Matt Winick from Ann Arbor, Michigan and I enjoy your acting career in different movies. My favorite movies that you played in were Hotel Rwanda, Skins, and Mrs. Mandela.  Hotel Rwanda was a great movie because I enjoyed learning about how Paul Rusesabagina and his wife Tatiana helped save lives of refugees with giving them shelter in a hotel during the Rwandan Genocide and I enjoyed learning on what his perspective including his wife’s perspective of the Rwandan Genocide.  Also in the movie I enjoyed learning about how different refugees from Tutsi and some moderate Hutu worked hard to trying to survive a genocide. I thought you did a great job portraying as Tatiana Rusesabagina because I liked on how you made Tatiana have confidence during the Rwandan Genocide and working hard to not give up surviving.  I thought you and Mr. Don Cheadle did an excellent job making Hotel Rwanda a great movie with a great message about the need to help refugees and to end oppression.  I wanted to say congrats on being nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 2004 for your role in the movie.  Another movie that I liked was Mrs. Mandela.  In Mrs. Mandela, I enjoyed learning about Winnie Mandela’s life from her early life, meeting Nelson Mandela, and working to end apartheid in South Africa.  Ms. Okonedo, you did such an excellent job portraying Mrs. Winnie Mandela because I liked on how you expanded on Mrs. Mandela’s traits on not giving up campaigning against apartheid when her husband was in prison or when she was arrested where she dealt with abuse.

Ms. Okonedo, your roles in Mrs. Mandela and in Hotel Rwanda got me really inspired to take African History course in Winter 2012 at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In my African History class I enjoyed learning about different African countries, history about how African countries where colonized, the anti-apartheid movement, and different Africans who shaped Africa with history. My African history teacher did emphasize about the need to end genocide, help refugees from oppression, and many others.   Another thing in my class we did was we watched Hotel Rwanda to learn more about the Rwandan Genocide and how two Africans from different backgrounds worked hard to save many lives.  My future goal is to continue studying history, watch more biopic movies along with historical drama to help me understand what the famous person did or learn more about the different events, and learn more about how diversity plays a big role in society.

I strongly believe that you made a great difference in acting in different movies especially historical based movies because you do such a great job expanding on your character’s traits or their story of working to overcome different struggles.  You have made a great impact on me to take a course about African History and inspire me to continue my huge interest in history. Here is $5 as a gift to you for working hard or you can donate it to fund the arts. Thanks for taking the time to read my letter, working hard to make historical movies great to watch, and inspiring me. I wish you well for the future in acting and to do well on your Broadway.


Matt Winick

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