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Re: Media decolonization
« Reply #60 on: September 14, 2022, 12:59:50 pm »
I see, shows from, say, the nineties or naughties I gather, hence your name.
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Re: Media decolonization
« Reply #61 on: September 14, 2022, 01:05:55 pm »
Please feel welcome to discuss Counterculture era works here:

https://trueleft.createaforum.com/counterculture-era/

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Re: Media decolonization
« Reply #62 on: September 16, 2022, 02:01:40 am »
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"Incidentally, what is your opinion on the animated series Steven Universe?"

I have never watched it and have no plans to.

There's this Youtuber called Lily Orchard who did it so you don't have to.
https://youtu.be/flLEr_sYC-k
She points out that the show is badly made all around, has bad representation, and "woobiefies space fascists colonizers."

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Re: Media decolonization
« Reply #63 on: October 01, 2022, 05:39:49 pm »
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/25/us/sundance-jihad-rehab-meg-smaker.html

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Meg Smaker felt exhilarated last November. After 16 months filming inside a Saudi rehabilitation center for accused terrorists, she learned that her documentary “Jihad Rehab” was invited to the 2022 Sundance Festival, one of the most prestigious showcases in the world.

The title of the documentary alone tells us all we need to know about Smaker's worldview.

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But attacks would come from the left, not the right. Arab and Muslim filmmakers and their white supporters accused Ms. Smaker of Islamophobia and American propaganda. Some suggested her race was disqualifying, a white woman who presumed to tell the story of Arab men.
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Ms. Smaker’s film has become near untouchable, unable to reach audiences. Prominent festivals rescinded invitations, and critics in the documentary world took to social media and pressured investors, advisers and even her friends to withdraw names from the credits. She is close to broke.

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Many Arab and Muslim filmmakers — who like others in the industry struggle for money and recognition — denounced “Jihad Rehab” as offering an all too familiar take. They say Ms. Smaker is the latest white documentarian to tell the story of Muslims through a lens of the war on terror. These documentary makers, they say, take their white, Western gaze and claim to film victims with empathy.

Assia Boundaoui, a filmmaker, critiqued it for Documentary magazine.

“To see my language and the homelands of folks in my community used as backdrops for white savior tendencies is nauseating,” she wrote. “The talk is all empathy, but the energy is Indiana Jones.”
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“When I, a practicing Muslim woman, say that this film is problematic,” wrote Jude Chehab, a Lebanese American documentarian, “my voice should be stronger than a white woman saying that it isn’t. Point blank.”

More from Boundaoui here:

https://twitter.com/assuss/status/1469341071020810240

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when will these Orientalism-steeped-in-Islamopobia takes by white folks become faux pas?




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Re: Media decolonization
« Reply #64 on: November 06, 2022, 04:51:43 am »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WWwbiCWmuw

A sample of rarely found MVs from Mainland China, this one with Li Jian, one of their most popular singers today, has potential for better results if not for the constant appearances of "White" faces and "Western" connoted props/backgrounds. I think it probably has to do with lack of confidence on the part of its producer/director in their own effort, hence the 'rather odd addition' to either make the MV more attractive to local West-bounders and appealing to the rest of the world. What a shame!

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Re: Media decolonization
« Reply #65 on: November 06, 2022, 05:02:24 pm »
"Mainland China"

Please call it "New China" (like Xi always does), to distinguish it from the true (ancient) China that we want to bring back.

"constant appearances of "White" faces and "Western" connoted props/backgrounds."



See also:

https://trueleft.createaforum.com/issues/psychological-decolonization/msg16108/#msg16108

Now in MVs too! And it's not just any "whites", it's "whites" deliberately costumed in colonial-era clothes FFS! (And what's with the recurring superimposed Italian text??) You can't make this **** up.....

Note also the indescribably spiritless melody of the above song itself. This is what a Eurocentrist sounds like. Contrast with Counterculture-era MVs/songs which tried to awaken blood memory of ancient China. For example:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UuAaHqDmkNg

In the storyline of this MV, the modern guy ultimately declines (2:40) to be taken back to ancient times. I guess the MV you posted can be viewed as an unofficial sequel to this one.....

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« Reply #66 on: November 21, 2022, 01:49:17 pm »
China has a soft power deficiency
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Korea has Kpop, Japan has anime, but what does China have? Why is it hard for us to think of anything 'cool' about China, and why is that the case?

Timestamps
0:00 Intro
0:45 The definition of soft power
3:58 The problem: China's soft power deficiency
9:23 China's historically attractive soft power + modern influences  (Douyin makeup, Genshin)
14:28 Discussion on personal experiences, China's censorship and geopolitics
20:51 Shambaugh's conclusion / Outro
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=haYdFJUDZbE