Friday, December 2, 2016

"Black Brown White" (2011)

Certainly a thematic cousin to 2009’s “Sin Nombre,” “Black Brown White explores the challenging issues surrounding immigration, the refugee crisis, and the desperation that causes people to break laws with no real hope for an improvement to their situation.

The beautiful cinematography and slow pacing of this story invite the viewer to absorb all the questions and implications at play. This is a movie with a message, but unlike the director’s other films—which tend to be documentaries—this one avoids providing easy answers.

I don’t know if there is an English dub of this film out there, but unlike most movies that mix English, German and Spanish, I really struggled to understand all of the heavy accents. I felt better that most of the Germans I watched it with only got about half of the Austrian accent being spoken. Then again, I would only have understood half of the English had it not been for the German subtitles!

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