Hollywood Jahilliya

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I'm an old-school liberal, like FDR or, heck, even Trotsky if I'm feeling generous. That is, I recognize a fascist enemy when I see one, and I treat it like an enemy. It's my mission (self-appointed, of course) to convince other Hollywood liberals to do the same.

05 March 2006

Oscar Watch: Paradise Now

Seems to me the petition to remove Paradise Now from consideration as Best Foreign Language Film is a little too late in coming. Especially since I never got a chance to read it or decide if it was worth signing.

But anybody who follows Palestinian politics intimately should already know this: suicide bombers aren't born of general despair, but deliberate indoctrination. The Palestinian secular left has been struggling against right-wing jihadism and Israeli occupation alike for decades now, and films like this don't help their cause one bit.

However, it is a damned well-made film, so it may deserve the honor on artistic merit alone. Which is, supposedly, what the Academy Awards are all about.

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