A Positive Reflection of “Other-ness” within Contemporary Theatre and Film

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A Positive Reflection of “Other-ness” within Contemporary Theatre and Film
In the course of our class, we have learned many things about the politics of art, people and artistic movements. One such thing from the syllabus is that “The history of humanity is replete with the rejection of the Other. It is replete with callousness toward the Other, toward the habit and traditions of an intellectual outlook of that which is not you or not yours. Marx and Marxism focused the intelligentsia’s attention in a positive way on the Other, the poor, the weak.” This means that “the Other,” the title given to the marginalized peoples of the world, or the people outside of the giving ethnocentrism of a society, is always being rejected. Wishing American...
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.....he mouthpiece of the “Other,” be intelligent vessels that are willing to explore and fight for the rights of the marginalized. Yeelen, The Hungry Earth and Once Upon Four Robbers all explore the issue of the “Other.” Their authors and directors do this specifically within their medium, responding very originally to injustice utilizing their medium (and very traditionally western media at that) as a springboard for their beliefs.
Bibliography
Cisse, Souleymane, dir. Yeelen. 1991. Brightness Films, 1991.
Gilbert, Helen & Femi, Osofisan. “Once Upon Four Robbers.” Postcolonial Plays: An Anthology. New York: Routledge, 2001.
Gilbert, Helen & Maponya, Maishe. “The Hungry Earth.” Postcolonial Plays: An Anthology. New York: Routledge, 2001.