The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, November 18, 1998, Page 8, Image 8

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    Absurd plot,
mistakes foil
‘The Siege’
SIEGE from page 7
ates them inside the football stadium,
where they have set up a virtual con
centration camp. Later, he interro
gates, tortures and kills one of them.
“The Siege” tries to come across as a
“military bad” film, but it really
doesn't offer a good guy to counter it.
Despite all his posturing and lec
turing, the FBI’s tactics come across
almost as deplorable as the military’s.
There are moments in the film where
the terrorists’ tactics don’t come
across as any worse than the things
our own government does.
A final deathblow is dealt to the
film's credibility at the end, however,
where, abandoning all pretense of
drama, director Ed Zwick takes
movie license a little too far and, in
the span of 15 minutes, reduces it to
almost every action-movie cliche he
can find.
*
Courtesy Photo
DENZEL WASHINGTON is FBI Special
Agent Anthony “Hub” Hubbard, who
is put in charge of the investigation
of a series of terrorist bombings in
New York.
“The Siege” is entertaining only
on the surface. Delving for actual
drama opens up a huge can of worms,
and therein lies its blemishes.
‘Follow Me Home’ comes to UNL
Director Peter
Bratt to hold
film discussion
By Jason Hardy
Senior staff writer
Since its creation in post-colonial
times, the White House has long stood
as a symbol of national pride and
American strength.
However, for many minorities, it’s
seen as a symbol of oppression, rooted
in the past and still carried out in the
present.
It is issues like these that Peter
Bratt, writer and director of “Follow
Me Home,” a film exploring race and
identity in America, attempts to deal
with. Bratt, who made the film on a
tight budget and with only a handful of
inexperienced jamily and friends as his
crew, follows ms film around the coun
try to conduct discussions following
eacn screening.
Despite winning a number of inter
national film awards, including
Official Selection of the 1996
Sundance Film Festival, “Follow Me
Home” won’t be found in any of the
major theaters. It won’t even be found
at the Ross. Instead it is being shown at
various community centers, college
campuses and places around the coun
try with Bratt present for each post
screening discussion.
Tonight, Bratt and “Follow Me
Home” make the journey to the
University of Nebraska-Lincoln for a
free showing and discussion session.
The film itself combines racial
issues from past and present American
Indian, black and Latin cultures by fol
lowing four artists on a quest across the
American landscape.
Sandra Kinoshita. academic coun
selor and coordinator of multicultural
programming, is in pan responsible for
bringing in Bratt and his film. She
selected the film “Follow Me Home"
because it encompasses a number of
different facets of race relations today,
including interethnic conflicts, internal
and external racism and gender vio
lence.
“I wanted to bring out the issues for
discussion and have the movie as a
vehicle for further discussion in a pro
ductive manner, as well as being enter
taming.” Kanoshita said.
By addressing these issues, she
hopes students will become more
aware of their surroundings.
“I hope it gets them thinking about
the issues and sort of helps them learn
more about themselves and society and
the way things run,” Kinoshita said.
“Hopefully that will get them to think
about it further.”
The film centers on the spiritual
and physical journey of four male
friends: Chicano cousins Trudee (Jesse
Borrego) and Abel (Benjamin Bratt);
Kaz (Calvin Levels), who’s black; and
Freddy (Steve Reevis), an American
Indian. All four are artists who use the
decrepit buildings of the inner city as
their canvases for colorful murals.
Together they hatch an idea to travel
from East Los Angeles to Washington,
D.C., to paint a mural on the White
House. Along their way they encounter
Evey (Alffe Woodard), a black woman
traveling alone who joins the group in
their trek.
Following the film Bratt will lead a
discussion about “Follow Me Home”
and gamer reactions from its viewers.
Kinoshita said the discussion allows for
people to draw parallels between the
events of the movie and events in real
life and to be able to share those experi
ences with other students.
“It’s definitely a discussion; it’s not
a lecture or anything,” Kinoshita said.
“From what I hear, the discussion part
is sometimes more powerful than the
movie because people really get into
that.”
Tonights showing starts at 7:30 in
the Fove Fibrary Auditorium and is
free to the public. Because of its wide
range of subject matter, Kinoshita said,
there is something for everybody in
“Follow Me Home.”
“It’s for anybody, because it’s all
levels of awareness,” Kinoshita said.
“There is a lot of symbolism and a lot of
in-your-face type of things so that any
one can get something from it.”
Courtesy Photo
DIRECTOR/WRITER Peter Bratt (right) sits with his brother and co-star in his
first film “Follow Me Home,” an account of a physical and spiritual journey
of minorities in the United States.
Whigs experience inspires fan hysteria I
WHIGS from page 7
I felt the same way in May 1996,
when I traveled to Chi-Town to see the
Whigs perform for the first time. And I
felt the same way last May, when I
drove with two friends to New Orleans
for a one-night-only show.
I’d drive farther, if necessary.
Come to think of it, maybe I’m
worse than those ’60s kids in the grip of
Beatlemania. Even if I don’t cry and
pass out in the face of what I believe to
be the world's greatest band, I have a
deep-seated desire to go to great
lengths to experience as much of the
Whigs as I possibly can.
Then again, maybe I’mjust like any
other music fan.
Pretty much all music fans have
one band that they like to call their own.
They own every available recording,
they travel to concerts, and they plaster
their walls with posters.
And the people who do these things
have embraced music for what it really
is - a personal and eternal gift.
It can speak to you, speak for you
and get you through hard times. And
unlike girlfriends or boyfriends, music
won’t give you any hard times unless
you let it.
So maybe my unhealthy obsession
with music in general - and the
Afghan Whigs in specific - isn’t all
that unhealthy. Maybe I’ve just found
something that I can use as a center m
life. Maybe I can even figure out a
way to parlay this love into an eco
nomically and emotionally feasible
way of life.
Maybe I’m not like those freaked
out teen-aged Beatlemaniacs at all.
But I probably am.
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