Monday, January 19, 2009
Slumdogs and Miserables
Had the opportunity to see the movie Slumdog Millionaire and a staging of the musical Les Miserables. I highly recommend both. It's interesting to see two features that deal with people in poverty and hopelessness threaded together with love and revenge. Both looking at social justice from different angles, in different cultures. The muscial was brilliant and performed in a small theater, so we sat very close.
Slumdog Millionaire is at times almost ovewhelming. Showing the poverty that is almost surreal, exept it is real, in India. Matched against the prosperity of contemporary India. How can anyone ever geto out of the slums? Unlike in Les Miserables, revolution does not seem an option. Leaving through "working", as a thug or a prostitute is one "way" out. Sort of. The main character in Slumdog finds a way out by a means I would have never imagined. But is he really "out"? Please see this movie.