brni (brni) wrote,

district 9 revisited

Came across an article reviewing District 9 from a South African POV. I think this reviewer captured all the reasons that I found this film so powerful - much of which were missed by many of the other reviews and comments that I've read - and quite a few more.

This is the key:

By presenting the aliens to us, not as attractive, noble creatures, by making them half-human and half insect, the film constantly trips us up by making the racist gaze our gaze. It confronts us with our complicity with racism, by making us identify with the perspective of the racist, inviting us to feel the revulsion of the xenophobe – and then pulling the carpet from under our feet.

(warning: massive spoilers within)

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