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International Migrants Day

December 18 -- International Migrants Day, Día international del migrante, Journée internationale des migrants.

The best things to do on this day, rather than bringing up a controversial topic that people do not want to discuss honestly, or showing a photo that people want to dismiss as an anomaly, would be to ask 1) do you know what migrants are doing around the world right now, as most of us are staying cozy at home and preparing to relax with family? And 2) have you done an Internet search for photos of migrants (who happen to be reaching a record number in 2015)? If one does the latter, one will not have much left to discuss or be able to dismiss migrant crises around the world.


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The viewer is led to sympathize with the undocumented man, an honest landscaper who wants nothing but to work hard so that his one son can have a better life. He’s away from home; his wife left him when his son was little; he has next to nothing; when he does acquire something (a lawn business and pickup with equipment) it gets stolen from him. And yet, the movie does not excuse what he does wrong nor does it try to show him as a man victimized and ruined by the consequences of his actions.

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今週初めて黒澤明の『隠し砦の三悪人』という映画を見ました。この三悪人とは、だれですか? 三船敏郎が演じる真壁六郎太(まかべろくたろう)と二人の百姓です。この3人の登場人物の関係はとても面白くて、全ての人間の弱さも愛される性質も示します。