Thursday, March 12, 2009


Dear distributors of world cinema,

I'm done with movies about rural poverty. Mining in particular holds absolutely no interest for me. Yes poverty is an important issue (Lord how we all know that), but come on. Even in there poorest countries not everyone is destitute. Let's hear about those people every now and then.

How about some popular cinema, you know, the movies the people in those countries actually watch? Sure most of it is probably derivative Hollywood style crap (or dubbed actual Hollywood crap). But hey, the way that derivative crap is handled will surely tell us just as much about the national culture as a feature length film about a poor farmer trying to find his cow.

Urban poverty, which is typically slightly more dynamic, is only on notice.
This post is an installment in a continuing series of content coordinated by theme or motif with posts from John Allred of clol Town, Jon Fairbanks of Funkadelic Freestylings of Another Sort, Eli Z. McCormick and Miriam Allred of Modern Revelation!, John D. Moore of Whatnot Studios, Joseph Schlegel of Sour Mayonnaise, Sven Patrick Svensson of Sadness? Euphoria?, William C. Stewart of Chide, Chode, Chidden, and WiL Whitlark of The Real McJesus. This week's theme: 'Poverty'.


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