31 December 2017 | bob the moo
Interesting if you do the work it encourages you to do
This is a very observational film which follows a group of young African Americans as they head out to the sugarcane fields as they are industrially cleared, in order to hunt rabbits for food. It is a simple film where little more than this occurs, and I can understand why it would not work for many viewers. However, like many films of this nature, there is a lot to be found in the thoughts it triggers by virtue of its observations.
The most obvious thought is to judge the kids beating rabbits with sticks, but then why did I do this? I eat animals raised and killed in a factory and feel nothing wrong, so why do kids doing a much more natural activity make me feel weird? The contrast between a huge company harvesting sugar on an industrial scale, and the kids hunting for food is also stark - further highlighted by these same kids feeding that beast by the horrible amount of sugar they put into their cereal in the opening shots. Speaking of machinery, another contrast is between the clear signs of poverty but yet the abundance of technology and toys that everyone has - I don't begrudge them, but they drive nicer cars, have better phones, and have more gadgets than myself; a weird contrast in my eye.
There are other things to mull on through the film, and the silent observational approach encourages it. In this way it is interesting if you are able to go with it, and think around the thinks that it shows you. However if you expect to have something more directly delivered then the film won't work that well if at all.