"Nothing to celebrate about the past," Appleton concedes. "Culture is a word we shy away from and use cautiously because culture doesn't sell:
" a westernized story in a 'Hallmark' canon does.
Everybody loves a rags-to-riches story. "If you work hard, you'll make it!" However, it still bugs me as a viewer the 'narrowness' of these directed documentaries. Western audiences want to hear success stories, especially if we want to go see a show or donate to a cause.
Why would we donate to a failure?
What of other primary schools and internally displaced people's camps
? What of all the other miners and gumboot dancers in Johannesburg who were not part of the group of six brought off the streets and sensationalized as international performers? An underwhelming amount of academic literature has been written explicitly on the impacting of social class on African dance cultures, and especially in the past decade. As many Americans recall with celebrities like Oprah Winfrey backing the movement, the hashtag Kony 2012 movement gained international momentum, yet only five years later Uganda called off the search for Kony, deeming him no longer a significant threat, despite the terror he was directly responsible for over two decades.