I have been waiting with great anticipation to see Shane Acker and Tim Burton‘s 9 which comes out today! We’re going to try and see The Dandy Warhols at Emo’s so doubt we’ll get to see it today. But I’ll definitely see it by this weekend! (I absolutely LOVE Shane Acker’s short film, “9“.)
My husband, daughter and I did see District 9 on Saturday, however. My daughter has been begging to see this movie so my husband promised to take her. I almost let them go without me, but luckily decided to go with them at the last minute. don’t think I’ve ever seen anything by Neill Blomkamp. What an absolutely fantastic premise!
An extremely large space ship breaks through our atmosphere and hovers over Johannesburg for years. It’s become stranded because it lost the control module. The aliens are malnourished and starving and nobody knows what to do with them so they create a refugee camp, which is nothing more than a slum.
Some of the details are incredibly far-fetched and totally unbelievable, but the main premise is fascinating. Had I not made my way through all the documentaries and information on the insanely inhumane treatment of humanity toward humanity and humanity toward animals, I might have thought the entire film was far fetched. Unfortunately, it’s not!
The film is based on actual events that occurred during the apartheid in Johannesburg in District Six in 1966. An area in Cape Town was declared “White’s Only” and 60,000 people were forcibly removed and relocated to Cape Flats. The film also refers to post-apartheid removals in South Africa. The film was shot in Chiawelo, one of these removal areas.
District 9 is shot as a mockumentary and I imagine this is a very affective way to get into the psyche of people who otherwise might not be paying attention. It’s beautifully done and I’m very glad I went to see it!!