Africa: Hollywood can't get it right

Hollywood’s depiction of Africa has changed little since the days of TARZAN and OUT OF AFRICA and — despite the rise of Hollywood activism — Africa is still shown as a place which must be either subdued or saved, writes Sasha Polakow-Suransky in Good Magazine. The author traces the trends in Hollywood stories since 2001, starting with BLACK HAWK DOWN, through BLOOD DIAMOND. He observes that — with the exceptions of HOTEL RWANDA and SOMETIMES IN APRIL — Hollywood’s “themes [have] remained constant: jungle fever, white heroism, and white martyrdom,” concluding, “An Africa that is more than lush landscapes, bloodthirsty tyrants, and trigger-happy killers is long overdue.” [Source: Hollywood Can’t Get Africa Right in: Good Magazine] End of Story dingbat