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THE STRANGER
Charles Mudede
“Ballast
United States, 2008 | 96 min. | Dir. Lance Hammer

DON'T MISS

Boys in the Wood. That’s one way to think about this film. Set in the Mississippi Delta, the source of American popular music, it has this as its most impressive achievement: It’s a film about black Americans with no black music. There’s a story—the death of a twin brother, a failed suicide attempt, a mother struggling to keep a job and her 12-year-old son out of trouble—but no music scores the story. The lack of a soundtrack (hiphop, blues, jazz) reveals the source of black music—the black voice itself. Often it’s hard to understand what is being said but the music of black English is heard and felt. Ballast is a powerful film.

by CHARLES MUDEDE”

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