Joining the Other in District 9

A Review

Anglican Multi-Ethnic Network (AMEN)


Johana-Marie Williams

District 9 (2009). Directed by Neill Blomkamp. Distributed by TriStar Pictures. 112 minutes. Rated R for bloody violence and pervasive language.

        After a ship full of sick and despondent aliens appears above Johannesburg in 1982, the titular District 9 is formed to house the refugees and settle the rising unrest from having the inhuman residents living alongside humans. South Africans—white, black, and Indian alike—show disgust for the aliens need for raw meat and, as addiction to cat food grows, so does violence and poverty among the refugees. However, the interment solution is still not enough; the concern with showing the world South Africa’s humanitarian response to these unusual refugees wanes and interest in the possible use of alien weapons (which humans are unable to use) grows both in the public and private spheres. An oImage result for district 9rder goes out to move the aliens…

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Johana-Marie Williams

Johana-Marie Williams is a writer, artist, and historian focusing on Black women and femme's health and religio-spiritual experiences. Her current projects include the ongoing zine caro and papers on the history of Black midwives in Leon County, Florida and Black women's thought on transhumanism, as expressed in science-fiction and fantasy media. Johana's work also appears under the name Marie Annetoinette, in homage to her mother's influence on her creative and spiritual life.

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