Identifying Of The Main Message In The Film District 9

An Extraterrestrial spaceship has been looming over Johannesburg for quite a while.

Rather than destroying the planet, as it occurs in the majority of the sci-fi motion pictures, the aliens show deprived from hunger and are in need of assistance. They Athena gathered in a crowded slum refugee camp called District 9. District 9 is a film in South Africa that has been isolated as an refugee camp for the aliens who’ve been stranded on earth throughout the last 20 years. One can get an inside scoop at the district and think that it’s scary. War Leaders are exploiting the aliens for their weapons innovation, interspecies prostitution, viciousness and destitute like environments are what’s being uncovered. The examination of this film focuses on the fact that there are refugee camps set up everywhere in the world for individuals who are ready to get away from the detestations of their home states. What happens in this film shows that there are numerous individuals in this world that are marginalized in the social circle of society.

The film District 9 is about a colony of alien refugees forced by humans to live in a South African slum. This is an example of social satire by presenting a critique of the injustice with which we treat those who are different from us. Three categories that are identified on the wheel that were used as reasons to marginalize the aliens: RACE: geographical location, thinking styles, and functional speciality. The film substitutes a similar worldwide circumstance with secluded beasts, all supported with dramatic emotional conflict. There’s basically no need for clarifying – the aliens appear dangerous yet serve the part of any refugee camp survivors or politically-sanctioned racial segregation, with an absence of food and guidance, pitiable isolation, destitution, children running about, and general confusion. It’s particularly powerful for American crowds, since Johannesburg is a foreigner. Very hurtful terms, bigotry, and purposely lead to abuse – for this situation, the antagonizing MNU corporation is both the second biggest weapons producer and responsible for outsider connections. No big surprise the ‘prawns’ are simpler to sympathize with. Yet, the underlying antagonism, biases, and treachery turn to chances at reclamation, escape, and eventually retribution.

District 9 does have a heavy message, but to whom does it speak? Throughout the film there were many recurring thoughts: Will people not native to this country comprehend what’s going on? Some of the references and jokes made would only be humorous to someone who resided in the area during the years of Apartheid. To some knowledge the movie is successful due to it working on two different levels: as the international audience can enjoy it as a simple sci-fi thriller, while at the same time there is a deeper meaning, but only accessible to whom shares the filmmakers cultural and political view of the references made.

Rather, what is happening here is something altogether more significant and ambitious: the metaphors of science fiction are being used to engage rather more deeply and disconcertingly with the nature of racism itself – with the way that racist belief systems and talk manages the fearful, hated, desired and etc. This is the core of the film. From multiple points of view the most upsetting and disrupting part of the film is simply the interpretation of the aliens, who seem like nothing to such an extent as colossal, semi-human insects. One of the many questions that presents itself is whether and what ethical position the humans should take vis-a-vis the aliens. Given that they have space travel, they are clearly an advanced race of sentient beings. From a common sense perspective, I would think we would consider them as ‘ethical equals’ or at least acknowledge some kind of responsibility to treat them as we would other human beings (as opposed to insects or animals). And I suppose this means that we would expect the same of them.

The film further complicates the discussion by having humans only interacting with the ‘worker’ types from the alien race, who are more insect/animalistic and do not demonstrate the necessary cognitive function and awareness to be considered ‘equals’. Beyond meeting criteria for ethical status, the aliens also really aren’t able to enter into a ‘social contract’ with us. So we have a sense that we might have an ethical obligation to the aliens really only by inference to the parts of their race that must have been capable of building the space ship, but the actual aliens we are dealing don’t have that capability and don’t appear to be able to breed or develop into it.

District 9 pushes reflection on the idea of ‘inalienable’ or ‘human’ or ‘natural’ rights. And keeping in mind that there is a reasonable social message, I think the film exquisitely challenges our accepted human-centric ideas of moral organization and philosophical defenses for moral positions dependent on levelheadedness or awareness. The contextualization of the meetings and the broadcasts inside the film, that places itself inside the sci-fi genre using dehumanizing prawn-like aliens through computer generated pictures, puts the dehumanizing knowledge of xenophobic talk that wins in the present society in new South Africa in a totally different sunlight. In that manner, District 9 is basically about the contemporary truth of new South Africa where ordinary racism and stereotypes prompts segregation and forced evacuations, similarly when thousands of individuals were evicted out of their homes during the xenophobic riots of May 2008. The film District 9 shows the viewers their own subliminal racism and stereotype. There is obviously no way of telling whether or not District 9 was intended to be an investigate on the post-apartheid society of South Africa. When the movie viewed as critique of xenophobia in the new South African culture, the critique is truly awkward and direct, the movie sends an admonition of a redundancy of history we know from the politically-sanctioned racial segregation period.

Works Cited

  • Blomkamp, Neill. District 9 Study Guide: Analysis.
  • Blomkamp, Neill, et al. District 9. Culver City, Calif: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, 2009.