If you never saw this movie, you should. It's about the resistance of German students, calling them selves The White Rose, against the Nazi regime during the Second World War. The main character in the movie is Sophie Scholl, one of the driving forces behind this group of students. The movie is about the trial and the conviction of Sophie, her brother and a friend.
What's striking about the movie are the resemblances with the trial and the conviction of Jesus Christ. It really looks like the director used some of the Biblical imagery on purpose. No matter what you think about Jesus, the story of his life, trial and conviction poses a strong symbol. This symbol is use to tell the true story of Sophie Scholl. Like Jesus Sophie acts on her conscientiousness. The way she chooses is the way of none violence: the battle of words. She takes on a corrupt regime, like Jesus did, and the lies of this brutal regime can't deal with the simple truth of this young woman. The harder the representatives of the regime begin to shout and threaten, the more it becomes obvious that they are wrong. Both Jesus and Sophie are put to death through a fake trial.
One of the strongest symbols in the movie was the moment that Sophie's interrogator is done with the interrogation. He tried to pressure her in to saying something he disagrees with. He tried to help her to ease the punishment that awaits her by suggesting she lies. She doesn't want to and hangs on. At that point he doesn't know what to do, deep in his hearth he knows she's right, but his hands are tied by the regime that he's part of. At that point he walks to a corner of the room an washes his hands. As if he want to use the words of Pilate, saying "I am innocent of the blood of this person."
This movie asks questions about when to disobey the law and follow our own conscientiousness. What is the moment it's morally right to disobey and to fight a regime? And which means can we use in this fight? It's not always easy to distinguish moral wrong from moral right. We need to be critics of our one opinions and the opinions of others. We need to be critics of our regime and try to keep our political leaders on the right path. This is the struggle of every society and every individual. This is the struggle of you and me.