Still Watching the Skies: Episode 77 “Welcome II the Terrordome”
WELCOME II THE TERRORDOME marks the return of Nat, Cody, and Robert to the world of Afrofuturism. If that’s not enough, we start a countdown of our 50 favorite films of all time.
Ngozi Unwurah’s WELCOME II THE TERRORDOME was the first British film directed by a woman of African descent and its militant anger was dismissed by critics upon its release in 1995. However, the film looks absolutely prescient in 2021 speaking of anger at systemic racism and police indifference and brutality. WELCOME II THE TERRORDOME is certainly due for reappraisal.
There’s little debate that the film has problems as a narrative feature. But, there’s plenty to discuss in WELCOME II THE TERRORDOME. If nothing else, it’s direct linking of slavery to a future dystopia is thought provoking stuff. Putting the audience of the world of discriminated people of color is an act of empathy that’s more powerful than a lot of more accepted pictures. WELCOME II THE TERRORDOME never had the acclaim of DRIVING MISS DAISY, but clearly one has retained its power until to day and it’s not the Academy Award winner.
But wait, there’s more. As bonus content, we continue our countdown of our favorite 50 movies of all time. This month we cover our favorites from #40 to #31. Certainly some surprises, but hopefully a bunch of films to put on your watch list.
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WELCOME II THE TERRORDOME: 0:00 to 42:35
TOP 50 LISTS, 40 to 31: 45:13 to 2:14:48
NEXT FILM : 2:14:48 to End
Next month, we return to the 1970s for a tale of sports and corporate control with 1975’s ROLLERBALL. We hope you’ll join us.