Many thanks to Lang Thompson for her trouble in responding. I'd like to come back to the list with a couple of points.... >The Truman Show has widely been interpreted as how things are *now*, though >I didn't see how it engages with any kind of reality, cultural or political. > Isn't the setting of The Truman Show very much a caricature of the 1950s? And isn:t his escape in a sense an escape from the conformity-straitjacket of the times? That:'s the way I saw it, though of course there were all sorts of religious allegories and present-day deconstructions and media references thrown in...... > Perhaps, a Charles Burnett film like >"To Sleep With Anger" or something like "Soul Food" might provide a better >view. Unfortunately I'm unfamiliar with these and I'm not sure they made it to Japan. I take the point about not all blacks having been through oppression or being rioters, but how does one show the point of multiculturalism through an ordinary story of ordinary folk. I'm going to take another look at 'Waiting to Exhale' but if anyone has any other suggestions, I'd be grateful. And also for any films that cast a light on present-day multiculturalism in action in some way, or on the issues at stake in affirmative action... Thanks a lot for the response so far John Dougill Japan ---- Screen-L is sponsored by the Telecommunication & Film Dept., the University of Alabama.