At the Gateway Film Center on November 12th, I watched the Korean film Parasite, meeting the campus event requirement. The movie told the story of an unemployed family infiltrating practically every aspect of a wealthy family’s life by taking up jobs that the family was hiring. The story explores the drastic separation between the upper and working class, as well as how defined roles of each social class affect the identity of members of a society.
I thought that the movie was incredibly well-done and it reaffirmed for me the belief that regardless of the origins of a film, most major themes are able to transcend language barriers, and audiences can use international films to expand their cultural knowledge of the world and drive forward new curiosity. Within that same idea of the value of viewing international art and film, I’ve heard that the movie is in consideration for nomination at The Oscars in the category of best picture. While this isn’t fully confirmed, it brought me to wonder, why is it that we so rarely see international films nominated in major categories besides those specifically dedicated to international creators? While there is value to the fact that there are categories dedicated to international films, the core associations that reward music and film fall short in recognizing international talent and art outside of America, Canada, and Western Europe. This issue depicts a public lack of appreciation for the diversity that is at our fingertips, but it could even be argued that this norm limits people’s growth in terms of what they are willing to explore.