Malory Nye argues that while the new Martin Scorsese’s new film Silence is apparently about Portuguese Catholic missionaries in Japan, in effect the film raises difficult questions about white racial identities that are highly relevant to the world we now find ourselves living in.
Based on a field study conducted in 2013, a Bangladeshi journalist Shafiqul Alam explains how the business of a traditional form of Bengali folk drama known as “Jatra” is dying against the backdrop of the rising popularity of a localised version of “striptease” among a section of rural Bangladeshis.
Will Davies argues that the reality television has long pitted people against each other in various overtly competitive or pseudo-competitive environments. Viewers or judges rate their performances and cast judgement on their value to society, and although these shows are usually simple and rarely political they shine light on many aspects of the modern liberal psyche.
Mubashar Hasan argues that in order to resist increasing radicalism in Bangladeshi society, the state needs to promote cultural alternatives which support values of inclusion and moderation such as Bangladeshi Rock ‘n’ Roll music.
Ever wondered what an inclusive global political community would look like? Alochonaa.com editor, Samuel Glen, offers a perspective on the ethical viability of cosmopolitanism that adequately provides for cultural diversity on a global scale.
“Who gave this son of a bitch his green card?”, quipped Sean Penn before announcing the winner of the best film at the Oscars. Quite predictably, the media went into a frenzy. But was it really surprising?Arafat Kabir argues maybe not, if it’s viewed from the lens of globalization.