[Marxism] Step by Step (Khutwa, Khutwa)
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Fri Nov 8 07:37:04 MST 2013
Shot in the muddy, mountainous Syrian coastal village of Rama in
1976-77, Step by Step tells the story of a tobacco-producing community
whose youth are demeaned in school and whose families endure marked
economic hardships. As a result, many bored and disillusioned male
teenagers joined the army or migrated to the city.
The film explores how, at the outset, the Baath party consolidated its
rule by capitalizing on the poverty and despair of the marginalized
Alawi minority living in the mountains. Muhammad’s film aptly captures
those transformative years, during which his characters internalize the
soclialist and pan-Arab rhetoric promoted by the Baath party and develop
an unconditional support for the regime.
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