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BREAKING NEWS: Hollywood movies still culturally potent (in Belarus)

postman.jpgFrom yesterday’s NYT Magazine article about political opposition in Belarus:

Kobets told me that Belarus’s democratic activists took their inspiration from the unlikeliest of sources: a Kevin Costner film. “The Postman,” adapted from a novel by David Brin in 1997 and critically panned, depicts an apocalyptic America where the remnants of civilization live in terror of a brutal army headed by a sadistic general. Costner’s character, a drifter, delivers a bag of old mail – information – and becomes a symbol of hope for those hoping to restore their American democracy.

Of course, it’s unsaid if the courageous Belarus reformers went to see ‘The Postman’ in the theaters or waited until it was out on DVD.

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