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Tuesday, March 06, 2007


The luckiest nut in the world

This site includes a lot of short films, including a small masterpiece called The Luckiest Nut in the World - go to the site and select film 15 from the box on the right. I saw this film on TV years ago when it first came out, and it's one of those things you never forget seeing. Regrettably, this is an abbreviated version - it cuts out a section in the middle, but it's still superb.

What is it? Well, it's a singing peanut trying to convince you that excessive trade liberalisation is bad for the Third World. If that sounds ridiculous, all I can say is watch it. It's delightful, easy to enjoy, serious and decent in its reasoning, throws a vast amount of information at you in the space of a few minutes without ever becoming confusing, and makes a bloody good case. It is, in short a highly original work of political art. Go watch it.


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