Race, Torture, and Slumdog Millionaire

| 2/20/2009 2:49:14 PM

slumdog and race

Slumdog Millionaire may be the darling of this year’s Golden Globe and Academy Awards, but the film has Carmen Van Kerckhove and Thea Lim wondering how a story that features poverty, violence, abuse, and torture gets sold as the feel-good movie of the year.  In Addicted to Race, a podcast for New Demographic, they discuss how race may have impacted public reception to the film (as an added bonus, they also analyze how race plays out in He’s Just Not That Into You).  Listen and weigh in.

Sources: New DemographicAddicted to Race        

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2/22/2009 12:00:43 PM

This is a really good discussion with some excellent points, some that I agree with and some that I disagree with. I never thought of "Slumdog" as being a "feel-good" movie and I think it's too bad that it's being marketed that way. I am white and I thought most of the film was pretty brutal. I did like the film a lot and feel this type of storytelling is good. The only feel-good moments were at the end, the rest of the piece deals with the survival of the main characters in a very difficult environment. I think Thea and Carmin also touch on some interesting points about artists commenting on cultures other than their own.

2/20/2009 4:08:32 PM

"New Demographic" ---why haven"t I heard more about this? I'm also curious about Ms. Van Keckhov's educational background. Good article.

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