Thursday, August 15, 2019

District 9 (USA/New Zealand: Neill Blomkamp, 2009)

That 24-hour warning, the papers to be signed? Absolute crap. This is apartheid, plain and simple. Can you hear that? Under the cries of digitally rendered aliens in a realistic setting? It’s the scream of Mississippi, the Mexican border, weekend ICE raids, and dozens of other dehumanization headlines of late. Go bigger, it’s the echoes of Jewish genocide, Japanese interment, slavery, and hundreds of other racial segregation stories ripped from history. It’s foreigners, families, and children being maligned to crappy ghettos, only to get the boot after much hand-wringing, repeated without any shred of a lesson learned. District 9 is a primal scream on de-location. -- Blake Gobel

District 9 (USA/New Zealand: Neill Blomkamp, 2009: 112 mins)

Gobel, Blake. "Aliens, Immigration, and What We’ve Yet to Learn From District 9." Consequence of Sound (August 15, 2019)

Gunkel, Henriette and Christiane König. "‘You are not welcome here’: post-apartheid negrophobia and real aliens in Blomkamp’s District 9." Dark Matters (February 7, 2010)

Gurevitch, Leon. "The Cinemas of Interactions: Cinematics and the ‘Game Effect’ in the Age of Digital Attractions." Senses of Cinema #57 (2010)

McEnteer, James. "Living in District 9 Truth-Out (June 12, 2010)

Toit, Andries Du. "Becoming the Alien: Apartheid, Racism and District 9." A Subtle Knife (September 4, 2009)

---. "The Alienation Effect: Further Thoughts on D9." A Subtle Knife (September 12, 2009)

Zborowski, James. "District 9 and Its World." Jump Cut #52 (Summer 2010)

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