What to Watch, What to Read

It’s well worth watching I am not an Easy Man on Netflix.  This French film turns the tables on the typical French “love affair” based film.  Instead it shows what happens when women run the companies, run the bedrooms, and run everyday French life.  And when men are forced to be subservient, cute, caregivers.  The acting’s great, and it’s a lot of fun.

It reminds me of another great “reversal” themed film White Man’s Burden featuring Harry Belafonte.  In this alternate universe of the US, black people run the country and whites live in fear of attack, police brutality, and worse.  It’s scary and very clever. Buy it second hand on Amazon.ca White_Mans_Burden

On my trip to Cape Breton, on Netflix I watched Tim Robinson’s very funny skits on a delightful series called  I think you should leave — here’s the 3 min. trailer.   https://ca.video.search.yahoo.com/yhs/search?fr=yhs-Lkry-SF01&hsimp=yhs-SF01&hspart=Lkry&p=i+think+you+should+leave#id=4&vid=5ea97aa95de65d4bb139594c37475a98&action=click

As for reading, I recommend the door-stopper sized book, Guantanamo Diary.  Its author Mohamedou Ould Slahi is from Mauritania and suffered through more than 15 years of American torture and imprisonment in Guantanamo.  Half the book is redacted, as he wrote it while in “custody” and it had to be “passed” by US censors.  That in itself is amazing.  To see the black marker lines through page after page is disturbing.  Slahi’s English is brilliant and his sense of humour is great — the former was mostly learned in Gitmo.  And the feat of remembering, his talks and his guantinteractions with guards, lawyers, and torturers is remarkable.  I first found out about Slahi because of an excellent article in the New Yorker, a taste of what this man, a graduate engineer trained in Germany, and one time Montreal resident, went through.  And a very good  review of his book is  here. 

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