Sunday, October 29, 2006

Meanwhile...: at the movies. Borat

November 1 you can go to 'Borat', the new movie of the British comedian provocateur Sacha Baron Cohen. Some might know Baron Cohen from the also fictional character Ali G.

Borat Sagdiyev ("born" July 30, 1979 in Kuzcek, Kazakhstan) is a fictional Kazakhstani journalist. Subtitled 'Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan', the film is a low-budget mockumentary comedy. The distributor of the film is 20th Century Fox and the director is Larry Charles. It debuted at the 2006 Traverse City Film Festival.

As could have been expected Borat has already been the cause of some controversy, mostly related to his frequent displays of anti-Semitism. Sacha Baron Cohen (who plays Borat) has also been accused of his character being a racist portrayal of Kazakhs.

brandchannel starts a debate about Borat. Is he the best thinkable advertising for Kazachstan, or is he deadly for the country's reputation?

More about Borat:
Borat film

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