[Marxism] East Supplants West (On Film, At Least) » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names
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Fri May 2 06:56:09 MDT 2014
New York Indian Film Festival 2014
East Supplants West (On Film, At Least)
by LOUIS PROYECT
In 1998 Andre Gunder Frank’s highly controversial “ReOrient” appeared.
It argued that “the East” (mainly China and India) would eventually
supplant “the West” as hegemonic powers, thus reestablishing the
relationships that existed before 1492 when all of Columbus’s fleet
could be put on the deck of the flagship of Zheng He’s fleet that made
multiple voyages to the east coast of Africa in the early 15th century.
I have my doubts about Frank’s overall thesis but on one level it is
surely borne out by Indian cinema that now makes most American films
look crude and amateurish by comparison. To see Indian cinema at its
best, I urge New Yorkers to make it to the New York Indian Film Festival
that runs from May 5th to the 10th. It can only be described as an
embarrassment of riches.
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