Ama tanquam osurus; oderis tanquam amturus
"Love as though you might have to hate;
hate as though you might have to love"

The four Feathers (2002) Britain

Some versions of this movie's disc contain the added audio track of
so-called commentary by the (Indian) Director Shekhar Kapur who
 gives us his own biased (anti) take on western culture versus his own
 and especially his distaste for British ideas of colonization and
 crusading in respect of selling Chrsitianity abroad when wars are
 resorted to etc. He suggests that the British are "afraid" of intimacy,
 and that they are a "very violent people" which is why he says, they
 engage in colonizing others. A preacher in the movie suggests
 colonization of these other areas on the planet by the British is Gods
 way of ensuring that the more noble (spirit) prevails instead of lower
classes of (unchristianly thinking) beings perhaps. Kapur says he is
 disturbed by this comment in addition to other things he says -
such as making reference to "women ending
up with their skirts up, and men with their trousers down" in
his impression of the goings on at the sort of gathering in a scene
- how very poorly chosen this man turned out to be for a
Director it seems. Such a vulgar comment as that should
have been rejected from his script I should think as showing
unacceptably bad taste and judgment in this matter.

The four feathers "Dinka woman" image

This is an interesting movie exploring the ideas surrounding
volunteering perhaps for the army at the moment of going to war -
versus wanting to stay behind in order to get married, or pursue
other interests rather than risking life and limb in some war (Sudan
in this case) which doesn't fully capture the imagination as a cause
worth dying for - in order to motivate it would appear. (Leave the
fighting to the more dispensable instead perhaps).

A British man's fiancee and close friends declare him to be
guilty of cowardice and each send him a white feather
- meant to convey this message to him - as a result he seeks
to redeem himself together with his sense of honour whatever
the risk.

Michael Rizzo Chessman