“TRIGGER WARNING – MOLESTATION/SEXUAL ASSUALT: I am a survivor of molestation and other unwanted sexual advances that I was able to stop. I was 13 when I was molested by a family member. Then almost sexually assaulted during school at 16. Then at 17 almost sexually assaulted by a boyfriend at the time. The line in Moana “this does not define you.” really sticks to me. I cry every time I hear it because it gives me the strength to know my past won’t define my future. I now know I’m holding my self back, not my past. I can do great things.”
“Moana inspired me to conquer my fear of water. I wanted to be strong like she is; she’s so tough and toned and that helped me out a lot. I started teaching myself to swim in the pond the river forms by a hiking trail near my house, and then the river itself after a few months. Now I’m not afraid of the water at all. Whenever I get nervous, I think of Moana diving down to get the heart of Te Fiti at the end of I Am Moana or hum How Far I’ll Go and keep swimming.”
“This year, a girl came to my school, and didn’t speak any English. I decided to take it apon myself to make her feel welcome here, so I paid attention to her likes and dislikes. I found out that she loves the movie Moana, so I decided to sing songs from the movie around her. She noticed, and learned more English so that we could have some conversations. Now we are friends thanks to Moana.”
My mom never supported me when I went to LA to pursue acting. The first movie I watched after settling in in California was Moana, and I cried pretty hard at the part where Moana’s mother helps her pack to go out to the sea.
I have a hard time really appreciating disney princesses because of a site fanpop. there’s a spot for disney princesses and the users on the site are so incredibly closed minded; they freak out if Elsa, Anna, or Moana is mentioned on the spot, they get upset if someone says they don’t like Ariel, and there’s some users who are fatphobic and homophobic
I’m going to be moving across the country this fall to go to my dream college and escape my abusive family. Listening to Almost There and I Am Moana makes me feel like I can handle the change and it will all work out for the best. Moana and Tiana inspire me and I watch their movies at least once a week. I’m so grateful these wonderful, strong characters exist to help give me hope when things are bad.
I feel empty inside all the time because of depression. Moana singing to Te’fiti makes me feel deeply. She calms the monster inside and gives Te’fiti self-esteem. It is one of Disney’s most beautiful movie scenes.
When Moana’s Grandmother visits Moana after her passing I always start crying. I lost my Grandfather a little while before seeing Moana for the first time and I can’t help but think that he meant for me to see it and know he feels the same way about me that Moana’s Grandmother feels about her. Pride and happiness.
I waited for a long time to watch moana – and when I did it didn’t come as a disappointment. I watched it with good headphones on my laptop, and that only made the experience so much better. Never before had I cried at a Disney movie, but I Am Moana made me bawl like a child – it was the exact song I needed at that moment in time. It’s a blessing of a movie.