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November 9, 2005

Given the recent events in France, I thought it might be worth calling attention again to the film Hate on the Mises film list. Here is what I wrote about it a couple years ago (also see my related review of Once Were Warriors):

Hate (1995)

Welcome to the international welfare culture. Starting in a government housing project in Paris, this black and white film follows three bored and angry youth around for twenty four hours. Said, Vinz and Hubert, who are Arab, Jewish and African French respectively, are able to unite together despite racial differences in their hatred of the life they feel trapped in. They are angry at the cops, the System or anyone they run across. They don't know what precisely is wrong or who is to blame but they know they want to hit back and break free of it somehow.

Starkly and compellingly told, the film presents no answers but presents the questions urgently. This government housed and government funded culture dots the urban landscape of the developed world, marked by common elements that now transcend borders like graffiti and rap, (in fact much of the soundtrack for this French film consists of Americans rapping in English). The system has three messages for these young men: you are not useful, you are not responsible and you are a victim. It is not a system for humans. It must be stopped. In French with English subtitles. Rated R for violence and language. Read a review

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