Sunday, January 2, 2011

An American Crime

I have just finished watching “An American Crime”. I was stoned for good few minutes after the credits started rolling. The night was never so silent for me recently. I was too shocked to even think something. Had it been a fiction the characters shown in the movie would have been more believable but it was a true story. Truth sometimes is really stranger than fiction. In this case it was shocking. Gut wrenching. Then the first thing I did was to search the case history on which the film is based on. I realize it only now that they have shown the evil but not in its true darkness. The makers mellowed it down. And still the movie is enough to shatter all notions of innocence and humanity.

In today’s world a picture has been so carefully put in front of us that women and children are the living examples of innocence. Have you seen innocence being described visually or being penned down in the shape of a man? If there are any they will be far and few. There is a beast within all of us. Years of thinking over and questioning the social design at least gave me a little head start in that regard. So, I never give anyone the benefit or disadvantage of doubt. Yet these 90 minutes were enough to have me think again. A must watch film for the riveting story it tells.

I was forced to write a blog, my second in space of just two days.


eddy said...

i was disgusted for quite a few days after i saw this movie and when the disgust towards human nature started mellowing down i read a story in the newspaper of a couple doing something similar to their 12 year old domestic help in delhi. read about sadism and masochism to understand more about this type of behaviour. it has been a part of society for ever. not that you can ever justify it. i guess at the very core we are still animals.

vinit said...

झर गयी पूंछ, रोमांत झरे,
पशुता का झरना बाकी है ;
बाहर-बाहर तन संवर चूका
मन अभी सँवरना बाक़ी है |
~Ramdhari Singh Dinkar