Denying the Unfamiliar, No Matter What Species.

Throughout this course, we have learned that South Africa struggled  and continues to struggle with race relations and equality.  The movie District 9 showed how this could possibly continue in the future, when creatures from another planet have come to Earth.  Although this film wasn’t entirely realistic, and was extremely gory at times, it still showed parallels between South African history, and what could happen in the future.

This was an interesting movie, because it does not glorify the fact that these Extra Terrestrial creatures are here.  When they originally touched to Earth, the humans were the ones who invaded them.  Then, once they were on Earth, they were treated poorly.  Most movies make the Aliens the intelligent ones aliensthat everyone wants to know and learn from.

These creatures were intelligent, especially the one that main character, Wikus, befriended.  However, the South African’s would not give them the light of day. They would kill these innocent creatures in order to do research on them, and to investigate their weaponry.  Even though they were not any more harmful to the humans than the humans were to them.

I feel that as a human race, we tend to push away anything unfamiliar, and think we are better than others. This was portrayed in this movie well because it showed how the superiority and how they were treating the creatures like animals rather than an equivalent species.

This relates to history because it used to be that black people and coloured people were looked at like animals, rather than humans.  In America they were property instead of humans.  I could understand how in District 9 it would be hard to let yourself think of the Aliens as equivalent, but from history they should have known to give anyone a chance and try to give anyone and anything the benefit of the doubt.

One part in the movie really stuck out to me, by reminding me of the documentary Dear Mandela. At one point, the main creature was explaining to his son that they weren’t going to make it back to their planet.  He showed him a pamphlet that had tents on it and said it was where they were going to live because it was nicer.  However, Wikus knew that these tents were not any better than the shacks, and  explained to him that his life was going to be better if he could help him make it back to his planet.

This was like South African history, portrayed in Dear Mandela.  The people living in the South African slums were told that there was better housing for them. However these housing units provided little freedom within their towns, and was almost worse than living in the slums. Sometimes when people district 9with power try to fix their problems, they make something much more glorified than it actually is so that they get what they want.  I feel that this is what the government did in South Africa, and in the film. They wanted more organized chaos, so they exported people into these tents and living quarters, where the people or creatures were not happy.

I think watching this film was beneficial because it shows how the future may be.  Although we like to think that human rights have changed and our perspectives about other people have changed, it is unknown what we would do if something unusual appeared on our Earth.  I think that this film showed that as a human race, we need to consider all creatures on the planet and universe as equal, no matter how out of place it may be.


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