I don’t get the argument that people who watch nonwestern cinema are somehow pretentious? Specifically to people who are ethnically from nonwestern countries? Like the people who generally say that are white Americans to people who want to broaden their film watching experience or god forbid, connect to their home country that they’re disconnected from. How is that being elitist? I don’t know how my grandparents lived. I don’t know tangibly how my grandfather dealt in moving after the Partition of 1947. My parents never talk about how life was like when they lived and why they feel personally disillusioned and disconnected in many ways to where they grew up in India.
More so, why is it so off-putting to others on here to learn about other countries - their history, how they live, even how they make their tea. Stuff like that just is so engaging and interesting to me because it’s not like I will be able to just go to Kazakhstan or Bolivia or Malaysia on a whim as someone who is from America but does not necessarily have the means to do so. Nobody even cares to give a spotlight on these countries. The only time we generally see these countries through a western lens is using the countries and people as a backdrop and nothing more.
Also do people not get that a lot of this cinema, especially Third Cinema, is meant as a form of resistance? How are you upset that an entire movement is there because it questions colonialism, imperialism, white supremacy, etc,. things that are still largely accepted globally. The British Museum still stands even though it’s one of the largest lasting legacies of the British Empire Being into nonwestern cinema isn’t a niche thing, although it can be when it’s in the hands of white westerners but largely it’s about tokenizing and find ‘cred’ in a few nonwestern directors. I’m not being different on purpose to be above others. I am treated as different outside of my control for a lot more and my difference is seen as inferior and will always be so. Don’t think for a second that I am doing this as a facade for cred - it’s insulting and demeaning and unneeded.
Y’all remember when 91 people (Including John Wayne, Pedro Armendariz, Dick Powell, Agnes Moorhead, Susan Hayward) died of cancer because they spent months shooting a movie in a nuclear-bomb contaminated area?