[Marxism] Donald Sutherland: 'I want Hunger Games to stir up a revolution'

Stuart Munckton stuartmunckton at gmail.com
Fri Nov 29 14:18:29 MST 2013

Donald Sutherland <http://www.theguardian.com/film/donald-sutherland> wants
to stir revolt. A real revolt. A youth-led uprising against injustice that
will overturn the US as we know it and usher in a kinder, better way. "I
hope that they will take action because it's getting drastic in this
country." Drone strikes. Corporate tax dodging. Racism. The Keystone oil
pipeline <http://www.theguardian.com/environment/keystone-xl-pipeline>.
Denying food stamps to "starving Americans". It's all going to pot. "It's
not right. It's not right.


The Canadian actor has a venerable record of leftwing activism dating back
to support for the Black
opposition to the Vietnam war, but this latest foray into subversion
dovetails with promoting The Hunger Games: Catching
the second instalment in a series of four films based on Suzanne Collins's
bestselling novels<http://www.theguardian.com/books/2012/apr/27/suzanne-collins-hunger-games-profile>for
young adults. It takes forward the story of Katniss, played by
Lawrence <http://www.theguardian.com/film/jennifer-lawrence>, who must
fight other oppressed proles to the
death<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EAzGXqJSDJ8>as part of a
tyrannical government's strategy of rule through fear. The
dystopia, called Panem, is built on the ashes of the US, and Sutherland
wants young audiences to respond to the allegory. "Hopefully they will see
this film and the next film and the next film and then maybe organise.
Stand up."


“Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is humanity’s
original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made,
through disobedience and through rebellion.” — Oscar Wilde, Soul of Man
Under Socialism

“The free market is perfectly natural... do you think I am some kind of
dummy?” — Jarvis Cocker

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