Wednesday, September 30, 2009
District 9 has evoked mixed reactions. People seem to love it or hate it.
Either way, what’s important is that it’s made people THINK (an ability that the Kardarshian’s and the mainstream news have made dormant).
I was amazed at the manner in which the plot not only managed to give personality to the ‘aliens’ but also, so accurately showed the response of South African’s to ‘the other’ that, I felt like I was watching the news during the xenophobic attacks last year. Intolerance, hatred for ‘the other’ and an inability to realise that just over a decade ago it was the South African’s that were seeking asylum and running from the conditions at home were the key players in the horror that followed.
Refugees arrive in a country for a number of reasons ranging from politics to poverty and the quest for a better life -which is a universal human trait-. And it is beyond obvious that if life at home was better no one would ever leave, ask the Palestinians, the Saharawi, the Zimbabweans and the thousands displaced in the Congo!
Maybe I shouldn’t be surprised at all that the movie has evoked so much emotion. After all it’s about time South Africans felt some collective guilt at their behaviour towards ‘aliens’ both for last year’s violence and for the many displaced refugees that still live within the borders in fear.