Satire – Horatians Tue, 21 Sep 2021 19:43:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Satire – Horatians 32 32 Raame Aandalum Raavane Aandalum is satire without a sting Tue, 21 Sep 2021 19:43:00 +0000 Director Arisil Moorthy makes his intentions clear in the opening scene of Raame Aandalum and Vellayan. The writer starts asking for details, but then a few political subordinates come to complain about the MLA’s missing dog. He offers to find it at the earliest, but when the naive Kunnimuthu tells him to find his cops, he throws his weight around and orders the poor guy to leave the station. The law is not the same for everyone, and an MLA’s dog is more important than a poor man’s cops!

And for a while nobody seems to understand the plight of Kunnimuthu and his wife Veerayi (Ramya Pandian, good). They live in Poocheri, a village that is so backward in development that later in the film a character wonders if it is outside of India. They may be poor, but so far they have lived a contented life in which Vellayan and Karuppan are the focus. Where others see only a few cops, they see two children. While Kunnimuthu and his friend Mannthinni (Vadivel Murugan alias YouTuber Kodangi, who illuminates the first half with his jokes to be turned into the background scenery in the second half) are unhappy looking for the cops, the director shows us why the animals are him Couple so dear in simple but effective flashbacks.

But halfway through the film, Kunnimuthu is pushed into the background of his own story. After teasing us with sight gags and throwaway lines on contemporary politics (“Engineering paditha parotta master thevai” reads a board in a scene), the film becomes a full-blown, outspoken satire, when the protagonist Narmatha (Vani Bhojan, appropriate), a TV journalist. At first the satire feels amusing and in places even entertaining, but you also get the distinct feeling that the filmmaker is content with low-hanging fruits to make his point clear. So we get a Seeman-like politician who plays identity politics, a peasant leader who drives an Audi and transforms himself into a simple costume in public, a broadcaster who changes politics in the blink of an eye, journalists who only have a story and not people and so forth. But all of this just feels too familiar and the bite is missing. From Ace In The Hole to Peepli Live, we’ve seen this in movies, so storytelling doesn’t feel really fresh. In fact, the film opts for a happy ending that feels tasteless and dishonest given its cynical portrayal of the powerful.

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Zimbabwe: The Shoko Festival comes to life Tue, 21 Sep 2021 07:31:02 +0000

The Shoko Festival, the largest urban cultural anniversary in the country, was launched yesterday under the motto: Shoko Universe.

It runs virtually. Bulawayo’s largest arts and culture fiesta, Intwasa, begins today as the city also hosts the 2021 edition of the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair.

THE showbiz arena will be alive this week as the country’s two biggest festivals, Shoko and Intwasa Arts Festival KoBulawayo, take place in Harare and Bulawayo respectively until Saturday.

This is a first for Bulawayo, which is hosting events as big as art meets business.

The Intwasa, which will be held both physically and virtually, begins with the Monetizing the Arts Through Social Media workshop at the National Art Gallery in Bulawayo and the Filmmaking Masterclass (physical events).

The official opening show will take place in the evening (6:00 p.m.) at the Bulawayo Theater with a range of performers including Bulawayo singer Mimmie Tarukwana, Thandy Dhlana, dancehall singer Tocky Vibes, rapper Tashamiswa, Voltz JT, Jungle Locco, Gze and Lady Bee, among other.

The spokesman for the Intwasa Festival, Nkululeko Nkala, promised an educational festival.

“We are ready for this year’s edition amid COVID-19, we will have our hybrid, this is the new normal and we have to face the changing times,” he said.

Shoko Festival director Farai “Comrade Fatso” Munroe said the festival will be a celebration of diversity.

“Covid-19 and Lockdowns challenged us to be more creative as festival organizers.

“In response to the times we live in, this year we’re inviting audiences to join the Shoko virtual universe,” he said.

“It’s critical that we continue to find ways to create events creatively so that we can support our artists and inspire our audiences with crazy new sets and powerful art. explosive music, crazy sets and unprecedented collaborations. “

Comrade Fatso said they teamed up with the Dutch Embassy in Harare to come up with a cutting edge spoken word program.

“This year’s edition will showcase a unique collaboration between Holland and Zimbabwe for its spoken word program as well as an innovative spoken word journey.

“In an unprecedented creative collaboration between leading Dutch spoken word artist Smita James and Zimbabwean top poet Shaldo, who will collaborate on combined themes that explore a world of violence against women, climate collapse and growing authoritarianism while they are Talk about hope and social justice. “

He said the performance would lead to a presentation of Lost – A Spoken Word Journey, which will feature several leading local poets, including Thando, Yanta Limie, Munyaradzi Bopoto, Kuda Rice and Banshee, on the current political and economic situation in Zimbabwe – presented very creatively. Over the years the Shoko Festival has become a platform for hundreds of young rappers, comedians, musicians and spoken word artists to perform, collaborate and express themselves through their diverse artistic talents.

The festival also curates innovative collaborations between local and international acts and arranges international tours for young local artists.

Tribal house trio Djembe Monks, who will traditionally perform at both festivals, said fans should expect a sizzling, energetic and spiritual performance.