Archive for November, 2010

November 22, 2010

Jai Ho, Cultural Voyeurism & Poverty Porn: a critique of Slumdog Millionaire

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When I was 12 years old, I embarked on a journey with my family to India to visit ‘the homeland.’ My only cultural reference point was the binary Eurocentric images portrayed in the Western media – the undeniable beauty of the Taj Mahal sharply contrasted to the despair and gloom that roamed over the slums. Seeking an authentic experience, my family stepped out of the suggested ‘tourist’ hot spots in Delhi, and took transportation with the locals. While waiting on the railway platform, I saw something that shook me.

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November 7, 2010

A Wall Between Us: the Dichotomy in Education

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Two months ago, the Toronto International Film Festival became the beacon for the city drawing an urban, Bohemian crowd while boasting an eclectic mix in cinema of political, economic and cultural realms, yet it was a film about education that became the apex of media attention.

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