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Speaking of hierarchy and inequality, I just recalled the Perestroika years Soviet film "Kin-dza-dza!". It is a hilarious sci-fi dystopian satire, with some cult following and a recent animated version.

The Wikipedia page reveals the inequality slant and spoilers soon. Or if you have time between football for a "WTF did I just watch?" experience, here are Part 1 and Part 2 on Youtube. Or here is a Hollywoodish trailer:

It is remarkable that this movie was made early in Perestroika (if not just earlier), as the parody of Soviet pecking orders (with pretty arbitrary status promotions and rituals), bureaucracy manners, rude service is pretty visible. Also, the film is made by a Georgian director - and now familiar Russian domination theme might be discerned as well.

But the "surface" critique of Western inequalities holds water as well, especially now, with all that false or random meritocracy. The wild 90s in the Russia are no less fitting the film theme than the Soviet stagnation. There is something timeless about the inequality subject.

by das monde on Mon Jun 30th, 2014 at 12:44:37 PM EST

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