[Marxism] Vanishing Pearls; Bad Hair | Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Thu Apr 17 10:50:19 MDT 2014

At the risk of stretching a point until it breaks, both films under 
review bear on the relationship between race and petroleum. “Vanishing 
Pearls”, a documentary opening on April 18th at the Imagenation in New 
York and Downtown Independent in LA (nationwide screening info is at 
http://www.affrm.com/vanishing-pearls/), looks at the plight of the 
largely African-American oyster fisherman of Louisiana who have been 
screwed royally by BP and their henchmen—witting or unwitting.

Since “Bad Hair” (Pelo Malo) is a Venezuelan narrative film about a 
9-year-old biracial boy living in Caracas with his mestizo mother and 
since the Tribeca Film Festival where it is being shown is a platform 
for films from a left perspective, one might assume that it would be 
full of positive references to the benefits accrued from 
petro-development. In fact, just the opposite is the case. The 
protagonists of Mariana Rondón’s very accomplished film appear totally 
untouched by the Bolivarian revolution. Despite my commitment to the 
goals of the Venezuelan government, I could not help but be troubled by 
the reality depicted in Rondón’s film. Notwithstanding the doubts it 
raised in my mind, I strongly recommend it as a neorealist examination 
of the lives of poor people in Caracas, and particularly as a study of 
the challenges that Junior, its 9-year-old hero, faces in a society 
where homophobia still looms strong.

full: http://louisproyect.org/2014/04/17/vanishing-pearls-bad-hair/

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