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||IMDB Rating: 3.8/10 from votes
||Release: 2015 (USA) /
||Stars: Jose Antonio Vargas
||Synopsis: Documentary on the concept of white privilege and how it effects white people and other cultures.
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MTV's controversial and heavily hyped documentary White People is the
most insubstantial and unfounded documentary of the year, and its
facile structure and lack of substance bleeds through it like it's an
episode of your average reality Television show. Shot with the evidence
of heavy editing, little coherency, and pamphlet-level examinations
into race relations, the documentary attempts to examine what it means
to be white in America, the idea of "white privilege," and how certain
races are perceived by certain cultures.
All of this information could've, and should've, made for a compelling
documentary that would've more fittingly suited documentarian Jose
Antonio Vargas's idea of making the viewer and interviewee
uncomfortable in order to consider race relations in America. However,
thanks to MTV editing and a forty-one minute runtime, the surface of
these ideas is barely scratched, and the audience is left with nothing
to consider, no meat to a conversation they are repeatedly demanded to
have, and little to remember from such a flimsy documentary.
The first immediate problem is the presentation of this documentary;
the production levels mirror a reality Television show, which wouldn't
be such a glaring issue if MTV wasn't ostensibly playing White People
like it was your average episode of throwaway TV trash. Rather than
focusing on the conversation, Vargas and the editors of the documentary
seem much more concerned with the drama, like characters dramatically
running out of rooms in tears or breaking down mid-conversation to
embellish the level of discomfort they have in discussing these issues.
This, in turn, makes these subjects look like feeble and inept souls
that cannot bring themselves to have a conversation about something
that matters; if they grew up on present day MTV, however, perhaps this
is only a predictable reaction.
With that, the film explores a variety of subjects, such as a white
college student who chose to attend a historically black college,
experiencing a surreal culture shock, white teachers who teach at
exclusively Native American schools, and an Italian neighborhood in New
York that is experiencing a wave of Asian immigrants. These would make
for compelling subjects, but instead, they each make up relatively five
to eight minutes of an almost entirely worthless documentary.
One white teacher at a Native American school brings up the intriguing
point that she never had to internalize what white people did when
examining history, but in a Native American school, each and every day
you have to look at your race and even introspectively to examine
certain issues. This great point is completely glossed over so the
editors can furiously scurry over to the next subject so this
documentary can meet the forty-one minute runtime. Almost necessary
ideas - like whitewashed history, the dilution of "white culture" and
white heritage, the significance of the word "ghetto," and the
worthlessness of privilege-checking when the institution that
encourages it goes unscathed - get entirely glossed over, only
discrediting this documentary moreso.
The final big point of White People is the idea of scholarships and how
white people feel "discriminated against" because, anecdotally
speaking, most scholarships are offered to minority students and white
people are immediately pushed to the side when applying for said
scholarships or even financial aid. Vargas speaks to a college-age
girl, who didn't receive a scholarship and feels such a way and he
decides to look into this idea. Vargas notices that white students are
forty percent more likely to get a scholarship than a person of color,
completely disproving this point. When Vargas tells the girl in front
of a few other souls, she immediately states she feels as if she's
being attacked by others in the room; due to the film's lackluster and
empty editing, this comes out of left field since none of the other
people in the room said anything that would remotely be considered
hateful or attacking.
This wouldn't be such a jarring, consistent issue if White People were
the least bit consistent in its editing, or for that matter,
encompassing of more than just passing ideas of race. Had this been a
longer, better-edited documentary (preferably not for MTV, where it
would be treated as a marketing gimmick) or miniseries with forty-one
minute episodes examining each of these subjects, White People could've
been a truly significant cinematic achievement for race. Yet, the
documentary at hand is less a conversation on race and more casual
small talk that would make your average conversation whilst waiting in
line appear more substantial and impacting.
Directed by: Jose Antonio Vargas.
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