How to Make a Film About America

The gods in Hollywood must be crazy that they are still making movies like Blended.  I guess Hollywood’s response to Binyavanga’s essay How to Write About Africa is to take it out of context and misapply it to filmmaking.  And the debates raging around Africa’s representation in CNN and other Western media have not trickled down to Hollywood heavens.   

Well, African filmmakers can play the high-stakes game of I see your stereotype, I raise you mine.

First, always call the United States, America because none of the other countries in North and South America matter (none of the individual States matter, either).  America is a Country because America is THE country.

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