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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Abar, the First Black Superman (1977)


  • J. Walter Smith
  • Tobar Mayo
  • Roxie Young
  • Gladys Lum
  • Tony Rumford
Abar is obviously set up in an extreme environment. The blatant racism may seem to be too much for some viewers, but one must remember that it is just a movie. Actually, when witnessing the acting and editing, I find it hard for the average person to forget that it's just a movie. However, regardless of the poor editing and dialogue delivery, the characters are skillfully (almost magically) developed. The extreme prejudices portrayed in the film may not seem realistic for this day and age, but I think that it compensates for all of the constant problems and issues of minority disrespect/disregard in american society that may seem subtle, but in reality, cause just as many feelings of societal rejection and frustration within minority communities. With this film, I urge the viewer to, first, get a good laugh at the overall makeup of the film, and then check it out again to pick up on some of the issues that "In Your Face (Abar)" presents to our "great" american society.


Mike White said...

Next week (3/16/2011) we're posting our Abar: The First Black Superman podcast, featuring an interview with Tobar Mayo.


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