Get Out (DCP)
Dir. Jordan Peele (2017); USA, 104m
Starring: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford

FRIDAY, February 1st AT 7:00PM & 9:30PM
SATURDAY, February 2nd AT 7:00PM & 9:30PM
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OP-ED: The chilling and authentic portrayal of black experience extrapolated and placed into a horror context wasn’t the source of my discomfort watching Get Out for the first time. The audience reception with inappropriately timed laughter and an immediate exit of the theater once the credits rolled made my drive home as the only person of color in the theater overwhelming and disheartening. A focal misreading of this film and black art in general is the relationship the viewer has when passing judgement on genre, worthiness, and the conventions that are associated with them. Rod (Lil Rel Howery) serves as a comedic foil to Chris’ (Daniel Kaluuya) misfortune at the hands of well-meaning Obama voting white folk in upstate New York. This can be extended to my viewing experience of white liberal Portland’s inability to understand that laughter, smiling, and other coping mechanisms in the face of bigotry is not comedy. Used as a means of survival on-screen and off when dealing with the absurdity of simply living day to day life rings true in Kaluuya’s interview with W magazine regarding racism in America and Britain, “...across the board, no matter how it comes out it’s kinda fuckin’ shit.”


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