Brutal Honesty or Racism in Short Film?

Intellectual Scum is a controversial film based on an online article, written by the Zambian author Field Ruwe in 2012, which went viral. It is a dialogue between the author and a white man who claims that the African intellectuals are lazy, while the illiterate poor African works hard. This is how the white man explains poverty. The film leaves nobody indifferent.

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On board a commercial airplane, (Ruwe) an African intellect, sits next to a white man (Walter). In their conversation, which is utterly brutal, honest and to some racist. Walter blames the ‘Intellectuals’ for why Africa is in such a deplorable state.


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