Saturday, August 29, 2009

Not in this district

"Nano nano."

Sometimes, it's hard to touch on profound topics such as racism, bad political agendas, and the evils of organized crime without being preachy or condescending. These issues tend to make us feel uncomfortable, especially if we're exposed to them every day. They make us realize that we've also unconsciously done our roles in being racists or biased against a particular group.

District 9 explores these negatives in a unique perspective. We don't see humans discriminate against other humans based on gender, race, or sexual orientation. The film makers ingeniously extend the context of discrimination, focusing on aliens.

Watch it. It's funny, profound, touching, and graphic.

11 comments:

bookbirddog said...

Astute observations. But I won't watch it. I hate aliens.

line of flight said...

The ‘other’ in us always seems alien and unacceptable; but if we let ourselves be aggrieved the feeling sinks in, and we are the richer for this little bit of self-knowledge. -C.G. Jung

Peter S. said...

@bookbirddog: Hi Harvee! Oh, why do you hate aliens?

@Line of flight: That quote is very very relevant in the movie.

Book pusher said...

Hi Peter, I have just nominated you for a kreative blogger award, so drop by.
The movie looks interesting, the teens I know are planning on seeing this one, maybe I should too. On the subject of discrimination etc the other thing the kids are keen to see is Avenue Q the musical, which I'm also interested in.
Interesting quote from line of flight.

Ryan G said...

I haven't seen the movie yet but I'm really looking forward to it. SciFi/Fantasy has always been a good medium to explore issues of discrimination wether racism, homophobia, sexism, or religous bigotry. The media has a way to put everything into a context that some had not thought of before.

Patrick said...

Being a sci-fi fan, this is one of my most awaited films this year and I haven't even seen it yet! I don't think I'll be seeing it anymore though. It's cut down to get a PG 13 rating. I'll just wait for the torrents. :P

Peter S. said...

@Bookpusher: Thanks, Sharon!

@Ryan G: You should go see the movie. It's amazing. It tackles serious topics without taking itself much too seriously.

Patrick: Oh, I think you should still watch it in the big screen though.

josbookshelf said...

This movie is a suprising new take on human-alien contact. Fantastic! This is what we need in our sci-fi flicks---fresh ideas, new perspectives.

stacybuckeye said...

My husband really wants to see this. Hopefully we'll get to the theater this week. Now you've given me all kinds of things to think about when watching :)

Peter S. said...

@Jo: I was really surprised myself. This movie really lived up to its hype.

@Stacy: I hope you enjoy the movie!

kiel estrella said...

i just wrote about the movie, too! obviously i take more time to digest.