Roque’s Factory, Brazil

Somewhere in the process of creating their own instruments, this Brazilian rock band got the idea that they might be able to help needy neighborhood kids by teaching them how to play these instruments, as well as how to make and sell them. Continue reading Roque’s Factory, Brazil

Metropia: Brazil’s 1984-Style Matrix in 21st-Century Sweden

In Metropia the holocaust was brought on by a financial collapse inevitable in a world of unbridled corporate greed, a theme we’ll probably be seeing more of as writers react to current global financial crises. And it shares with The Matrix more than just a love of the underground train motif; Metropia makes explicit the implicit Matrix message that human beings might deliberately choose to be slaves to illusions created by the marketplace. The film also rounds out 1984’s message by pointing out that absolute control is a primary goal not only of totalitarian regimes but also of other lovers … Continue reading Metropia: Brazil’s 1984-Style Matrix in 21st-Century Sweden