Today on my way home, I stopped by the Blantyre market and checked out the bootleg video stalls. You can buy 12 brand new Hollywood movies on one disk for the incredible price of $2.00. They come complete with incomprehensible English subtitles translated directly from Chinese using Google’s “Translate” feature. You can get just about anything you’d ever want, including movies that haven’t even come out yet! Hollywood action, Hong Kong Kung Fu flicks, awful Nigerian C-grade straight to video collections, and the esteemed “Complete Works of Demi Moore” which featured a instead of Demi, a picture of Angelina Jolie on the cover.
If you’re really lucky you might be able to get your hands on the latest volume of “Sex of the Animals”, where you get to watch the megafauna of the African sub-continent passionately procreate. According to the guy who owns the stall, it’s one of their most popular titles. Unfortunately, I couldn’t bring myself to spend any money on it nor was I willing to take a picture of the two rhinos featured on the cover.
It’s worth mentioning that pornography is illegal in Malawi begging the question as to the reasons for the popularity of the aforementioned piece of cinema. Even bootleg horror movies have to be passed through the “Malawi Censorship Board” to make sure that they won’t negatively influence the moral character of Malawi.
And just when I thought things were getting too normal here….