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Thompson on Hollywood

"The Revolutionary Optimists" Avoids Perils of "Indian Poverty Porn"

Ever since the success of Oscar-winning films "Born into Brothels" and "Slumdog Millionaire," India's slums and impoverished children have been a popular topic for Western filmmakers. Accusations of "poverty porn" are inevitable, however, and, when it comes to this former British colony, there's always a question of whether these films perpetuate age-old stereotypes of some backward "Orientalist" land, plagued with dirt, poverty and illness, all wrapped in exotic colors and bouncing music.
  • By Anthony Kaufman
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  • March 28, 2013 1:09 PM
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