Medicine for Melancholy: Great Contemporary Film About Race and Other Hipster Ponderings

Medicine for Melancholy, Directed by Barry Jenkins of Strike Anywhere Films www.strikeanywherefilms.com has been sitting neglected in it’s paper Netflix envelope for far too long now. However, I think it was appropriate that I finally did watch it in February, which is Black History Month. When I had heard people discussing Medicine for Melancholy it seems like race is an issue that takes the fore front. Even in the title of this post I have called it a “great contemporary film on race”, but it is much more. It’s a love story between a young man and woman, and love letter to the city of San Francisco.

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Personally as a Pacific Islander, which is one of the smallest minorities in the United States, I identified with the male lead character Micha’s (Wyatt Cenac) feeling isolated in the “indie” scene. I don’t want to give away too much about the film, so if you get a chance to see it let me know what you thought about the film. Do you think Micha was too “hung up” on race? Which do you think has more impact on your life race or class?

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