RS Podcast 013 – Slumdog Millionaire and Sansho the Baliff

Poverty makes for good cinematic conflict. Watching someone rise out of poverty or fall into it is compelling, but is there a ethical and/or unethical way to depict poverty in film?

This question and more are up for debate on this very heated episode of the Reel Spirituality Podcast. In it, Reel Spirituality Co-Directors Eugene Suen and Elijah Davidson compare Kenji Mizoguchi’s 1954 black and white, Japanese language, adapted folk tale, Sasho the Baliff with Danny Boyle’s 2008 Academy Award winning, hyper kinetic, modern “rags to riches” fairy tale, Slumdog Millionaire.

One of these movies one of our co-hosts loves. The other, the other co-host despises. Which is which? Listen in and find out.

Next week on the podcast, we’ll feature an interview with Fuller alum Neville Kiser conducted by Brehm Center Associate Director Nate Risdon. Neville is finishing up UCLA’s screenwriting program, and sat down with Nate for an indepth conversation on how his faith influences his work and how he divined his call to screenwriting.

The theme music for our podcast is provided by Matt Lumpkin, aka Bendblock, whose music can be found here. If you are interested in subscribing to the Reel Spirituality podcast, follow this link.