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Hot-button issues on screen

Racism satire Jojo Rabbit and legal eco-thriller Dark Waters take on tough topics but stumble in the execution

How do you talk to a child about genocide? The brilliant mind behind some of this decade's best comedies has an idea: Do it as a tale about children swept up in a national mania for racial purity.

Through their innocent eyes, the murderous absurdity of the concept can be laid bare.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 02, 2020, with the headline 'Hot-button issues on screen'. Print Edition | Subscribe