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Guava Island | Hiro Murai

April 19, 2019

“Anywhere where in order to get rich you have to make someone else richer is America” says musician Deni (Donald Glover) early into Guava Island — a cynical musing that proves a thematic ingress for this film. The specifics of the fictional, Caribbean-flecked nation used as Guava Island’s setting are related in a dazzlingly rendered 2D-animated prologue that’s emphatic in its fable influence. Once a paradise, Guava Island has since commodified its magical silkworms under the rule of a lineage…

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