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    How Do You Bankroll an Anti-Capitalist Film? 

    It started with a 23-word pitch for an “absurdist dark comedy with magical realism” about a telemarketer. The rapper-activist-turned-filmmaker Boots Riley shopped the idea for “Sorry to Bother You” around for years before striking it big at Sundance. It’s biting satire, tackling capitalism and racism with the conviction Riley has forged since he was a teenage community activist in Oakland, California. As it nears its July release, Riley’s work promises to introduce his hometown’s countercultural, labor-organizing proletarian zaniness to the workers of the world.

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