Sunday, July 7, 2013

Cross Cultural Understanding : Babel

Babel is one of my favorite movie. I watched it for the first time when I was in high school. I don't know what Babel exactly means, but I do know it has something to do with Babylonian culture or the history of language. This movie, in particular, is about how culture and language separate us apart. Different languages create inability and difficulty to understand each other. Different cultures create differences. These, in turn, create judgement.

Every nation, race and ethnicity has their own image which, although is not always true, becomes with the rest of the world judge them with. Americans, for instance, are snobbish and full of themselves. Mexicans are illegal immigrants who will kidnap your children and sell you drugs. Middle-Easterns are either terrorists or stupid nomads spending their life riding camel through the desert. Indians are rapist. Actually, most of the third-world country citizens are rapist or stupid or shallow, or gold-digger, or going to marry you if you pay for her sister education or fanatics ... you name it. You skip omegle when it connects you with an Indian. You reject a friend request if its someone from Nigeria. You pretend to be someone else if you are from one of these countries. Stereotype is everywhere and it's annoying.

This eye-opening movie shows us that this is not always the case. Despite our differences, we are all just humans. Humans are biologically programmed to be the same and with same need. Granted, our civilization creates for us a more sophisticated rules of life, but in the end, our basic instincts are similar. We just act on it in different ways. If we want to be understood, we have to listen.

I love Alejandro Gonzales Inarittu's movies. They are all just so dark and depressing - just the way I like it. The Japanese girl, Chieko, doesn't exactly speak any language, but her story is the most tragic one. I love the scene when they went to a club, and the scene alternately went from everyone's point of view which is a glamorous, noisy club, and Chieko's point of view, which are colorful pretty lights, but in total silence. In that moment you can almost feel her loneliness. No one speaks her language.

If you want to watch this with someone else, mind that there is nudity in it.  I watched this with my friends and hated it. This is a 2 hours long very dense and very depressing movie and the biggest thing they got from it is 'Holy fuck there is a naked girl in it'. I don't see anything sexual in this movie - seriously, if you have even the slightest bit of idea that this girl is 'pornography', then you are fucked up in the head. If they want  porn why don't just find one? Why waste time watching sand dune and Mexican wedding party for 2 hours just to see 10 seconds glimpse of vagina? Why? Guys are just stupid if their dicks start taking control.

Anyway, watch this. This is great.

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