Lucy Sandoval – Class Blog Colonialism/Embrace of The Serpent/Bananaland/The Battle of Algiers

On Sunday I went to watch the Embrace of the serpent. I was shocked to find out that this movie was based on colonization by my own country. Not only where the white supremacy bombarding the amazonian shaman and its people but also Colombians ravage the amazonian lands and its people. Seeing something that involves home in a film perspective brought me to want to investigate more. However I began to question if colonization was bound to happen. If Colonization is an effect to overpopulation and constant growth, what we call development. A channel for the survival of the fittest and intermixing of different cultures. The destruction of root identities however leave a bad taste in my mouth and encourage me to say that colonization is a horrible and destructive development. Those considered lower or third world countries have not been able to survive because of this foreign impact and in its effect creating unequal market relations. Since these countries are now dependent of these world systems that were created in order to create a living for themselves. The colonizers are destroying the agrarian cultures and turning them into machines to profit and acquire merchandise that is then being thrown back into the world in a harmful pollution to our ecosystem. Such like the pesticides described in Bananaland and even harmful psychological effects like western idealism and cultural appropriation oppressing the minority culture and stripping them off their identity as we saw in The Battle of Algiers.

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One Response to Lucy Sandoval – Class Blog Colonialism/Embrace of The Serpent/Bananaland/The Battle of Algiers

  1. Andrew Kehinde says:

    I agree Lucy, especially with your point in how: “The destruction of root identities leaves a bad taste in your mouth and encourage us to say that colonization is a horrible and destructive development.” It starts with “us” and it ends with “us,” without the use of individuals their wouldn’t be the use of colonization. It’s horrible that we as humans resort to things like this and the ones who are suffering would have to clean up the unruly mess individuals who colonize have made. All-in-all great response!

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