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Oct 20, 2023Liked by David Chen

I always appreciate your ability to hold complexity about a movies wider role in the world and the quality of it as a film.

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Oct 20, 2023Liked by David Chen

Great review. I am happy to know I can skip this movie both for length and brutality against Indigenous people. More specifically the latter. I am well aware of what white people have done (speaking as a white person), I don't relish the idea of watching these people graphically harmed on screen.

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I still recommend the book. It’s very well done.

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Thank you! I will check it out.

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Yeah it is like an extremely well researched piece of reporting and doesn’t have to center a certain perspective or have a character arc the way a movie does. I’m a little disappointed the movie doesn’t play like a mystery or crime thriller and just tells you from the trailer who’s responsible for the crimes.

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As a POC, black man to be exact, I enjoyed the artwork put into making Killers and Oppenheimer. Both very well acted. However, after watching them both I did leave thinking that white people are really evil. Really innovative and courageous. But really evil. I then tried to placate myself and even make an excuse for white people: all people groups have evil qualities and tendencies right (was that my oppressive nature and mentality seeping out, a Stockholm syndrome like slip). But then I thought, they’ve been doing this since they came on the scene, plundering and killing each other for centuries before taking to the seas and conquering and pillaging ands killing along the way (Christopher Columbus comes to mind and Portuguese and all the other colonizers leaving death and destruction in the wake and centuries long brutality, mutilations, castrations, and all other manners of evil in the African Slave Trade of which I’m 100% sure I’m a descendant of with 82% West African DNA and 16% European DNA (probable rape of one or more of my great grands) with the other 2% indigenous North Americas). I agree with the writer of this article but wholeheartedly agree with the writer quoted in this article who said he hopes the film gets white people to see the racism perpetrated for centuries on POC and the effect it has caused on Earth as a whole. Everything is made from and for the perspective of white people. Hopefully white people will one day truly see themselves. And for the record, ALL white people aren’t evil. But as a whole, watch out! And greedy to boot. White people have reigned supreme for a long time now. It’s hard to let go of those reigns. But it’s highly unlikely white people will be able to maintain these heights, velocity and control forever. Bound to crash and burn at some point. It’d be better to self reflect, course correct, drop down to cruising altitude, safe speed and land softly, make amends with the many done wrong and then maybe we can all live happily ever after. If not prepare for a very rough and catastrophic landing one day in a not top distant future. I hope that’s not the case though. I would love to see us all get along without color mattering. I love everybody!

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