For Your Consideration: Beasts Of The Southern Wild

Beasts of the Southern Wild is a 2012 American fantasy drama film directed by Benh Zeitlin [who’s all of 19 by the way] and written by Zeitlin and Lucy Alibar from Alibar’s one-act play, Juicy and Delicious.

In a forgotten but defiant bayou community cut off from the rest of the world by a sprawling levee, a six-year old girl exists on the brink of orphan-hood. Buoyed by her childish optimism and extraordinary imagination, she believes that the natural world is in balance with the universe until a fierce storm changes her reality. Desperate to repair the structure of her world in order to save her ailing father and sinking home, this tiny hero must learn to survive unstoppable catastrophes of epic proportions.

I haven’t watched the movie yet, but from what I’ve read [Collider review] didn’t pick up on any obvious problematic messaging like with American Violet or The Help. As always use your own discernment.

If you can support more stories that show young [black] girls three-dimensionally, more will be made and released. The universe expands positivity or negativity without prejudice. If the movie isn’t shown in an area close to you, request your local cinema get it. You can also purchase tickets and gift them to a group of girls.

This interview with 8-year-old lead Quvenzhané Wallis is too cute to miss!

2 Replies to “For Your Consideration: Beasts Of The Southern Wild”

  1. First off I'm an extreme movie buff, you've no idea lol I found out about this movie a few months ago and I can't wait to see it! Why is it so hard for black people to write a story not centered around the "struggling and black" theme. Why do black people eat up non-black writers stories centered around the "struggling and black" theme? It's gotten to a point where if I find out a "black" movie is coming out or its a story about race relations, I just know the writings gonna be heavy handed and manipulative. I never saw The Help (I just can't) but judging from the back slapping amongst non-black liberals, it's along the same lines as Crash, Driving Miss Daisy, The Blind Side etc. Tyler Perry/Oprah pain porn has been addressed a lot more eloquently by you, so I'll let it go lol. My mind literally just went blank when I tried think of black movie that wasn't centered on struggling and suffering, by simply being black. Ok, I got two, that I liked: Joyful Noise and Last Holiday, thanks Queen lol I just wish more black people would focus on their favorite genre and write stories they'd enjoy. My favorite genres are mystery, sci fi, and fantasy, so I decided to get bold and take a screenwriting and creative writing course this Fall. I think all good stories center around universal themes (love, death,revenge etc.). When black films focus on their blackness as the source all problems and solutions, it sucks out all creativity and passion in the story. Not to mention it reduces your audience: if more black films focused on universal themes they'd draw more black and non-black moviegoers. I'm gonna request this movie at my local Cinemark 🙂

    1. Congrats on the screenwriting course! You'll learn a lot and dare I say may find yourself wanting to produce and/or direct to have greater control over your projects. Unless other women who are more evolved take initiative in completing (or financing) better projects we're at the mercy of a couple of fluke projects or dealing with the riff-raff.

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