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The Right and the Wrong (1970)

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An "anti-colonial" movie about how people of color revolt against a cruel, white owner of a Caribbean island plantation.





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The Right and the Wrong is an "anti-colonial" movie. It is about a cruel white plantation owner who kills and ill-treats the Indian and Afro-Caribbean workers who slave for him in his island. Revolted by his brutality, two community leaders, one an Indian and the other an Afro-Caribbean, try to unionize their fellow workers. One daughter of the plantation owner is attracted to the black union organizer and has an affair with him. The climax of the movie comes near the end when the plantation owner "arrests" the 2 organizers and sentences them to death. Written by Anonymous

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Your opinion of this movie will depend on your politics
5 September 1999 | by (Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

The Right and the Wrong is an "anti-colonial" movie by a director of Asian Indian origin. It is about how Afro-Caribbean and Indo-Caribbean workers are ill-treated by a cruel white island plantation owner who has no qualms about killing and flogging them. The movie does have some historical validity. It is a fact that indentured workers lured from India with false promises, to replace the newly freed black slaves on Caribbean plantations were horribly treated by the (usually) British plantation owners. And needless to say, black slaves were treated far worse. But "The Right and the Wrong" is full of anti-colonialist rhetoric and a viewer who does not subscribe to Third Worldist leftwing politics will find the film cliched. That would be a pity, because the film attempts to portray little-known historical facts, but it does so in an unsatisfactory manner with a poorly written script.

Reviewed by Sundar Narayan

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