Review: Dear . . . is short bios about influence

Ava DuVernay in Dear . . .

Dear . . . is an interesting way to talk about lives and the influence they have on others. Two seasons of short films are featured. People talk about their lives and then read letters from people they have inspired or influenced. The people who wrote the letters are shown reading their own letters.

Dear . . . made me emotional. The letters were very personal and touching. The stories of the letter writers were as interesting as the stories the famous people featured told. Shoot, even the trailer makes me emotional.

I spent 38 years of my life (mostly under my married name, Pike) as a teacher. I sometimes hear from former students about how I influenced them. It’s always emotional to know you did some good somewhere in the world.

Sandra Oh in Dear  . . .

The episodes featured a nice mix of people: Jane Fonda, Billy Porter, Ava DuVernay, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Andre Leon Talley, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Spike Lee, Yara Shahidi, Oprah Winfrey, Stevie Wonder, Matt Vogel (as Big Bird), Jane Goodall, Aly Raisman, Misty Copeland, Sandra Oh, Viola Davis, Malala Yousafzai, and Gloria Steinem.

The letters were fascinating. From kids as young as 8 years old to older people who found a way to achieve a dream. Puerto Rican men writing to Sandra Oh. Judges writing to Ava DuVernay.

Each episode is short. You don’t have to watch them in any order. Or you can pick and choose the people you’re most interested in. Each episode inspired me to want to make sure I’m doing good in the world.

I finally stopped teaching in classrooms when I hit 75 years old. Then I started this blog. I saw it as a way to help lift up women in the world. The blog doesn’t have enough followers and readers to make a big difference, but perhaps I help someone with it.

Both seasons of Dear . . . are streaming on Apple TV+

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