Elie's Expositions

A bereaved father blogging for catharsis... and for distraction. Accordingly, you'll see a diverse set of topics and posts here, from the affecting to the analytical to the absurd. Something for everyone, but all, at the core, meeting a personal need.

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Sunday, March 05, 2006

Paradise Lost

Please take a moment to help make the title of this post a reality by signing the on-line petition asking the Academy to withdraw the award nomination for Paradise Now, a film which humanizes, "understands", and thus ultimately excuses and glorifies Palestinian suicide murderers. Whether this will ultimately succeed is doubtful, but the statement made by the petition is important. (Hat tip to Soccer Dad for the link.)

I recently rewatched the well-written and acted, if somewhat over-long Mississippi Burning, a film about the brutal murder of three civil rights workers by the Ku Klux Klan in 1964 Mississippi. The Klan members in the movie were correctly portrayed as brutal, ignorant, heartless thugs. I wonder what the reaction would be to a different kind of film on these same events, one which took an "even-handed" approach, humanizing and "understanding" the white racists who perpetrated this ugly crime? Would such a file even be shown on US movie screens, let alone be singled out for honor by Hollywood?

And the case of Paradise Now is different how?