How can texts position audiences to reject, accept or question values and beliefs? Nelson Mandela once said that “our daily deeds as ordinary South Africans must produce an actual South African reality that will reinforce humanity's belief in justice, strengthen its confidence in the nobility of the human soul, and sustain all our hopes for a glorious life for all”. Through the eyes of a person living in an egalitarian society one may be able to view the excellent film District 9, as directed by Niell Blomkamp, as a gross representation of skewed humanitarian qualities. District 9 positions its audiences to reject the notion of unrivalled humanity as displayed by human beings and rather accept that others, who are may not be human, can also be capable of displaying civilised behaviour at a higher degree than human beings. This movie highlights both the negative and positive aspects of humanity through the reversal of fortune for the typical white man and the unique scaly alien. District 9 leaves a lot on the audience to ponder over and discuss which simply adds to its egregious nature. Need to state what film codes you will cover during the discussion of this film. After this.
When one scrutinizes the main character of Wikkus in District 9 one may incontestably view a middle aged, white and South-African male employed as a high positional holder in his father-in-law’s company, MultiNational United. This sentence does not have a point? It does not end on a statement. In the beginning of District 9 Wikkus van der Merwe was described as a saint through his mother’s tearful testimony and his wife’s emotional reminiscing about how ‘he was an honest man, and he didn't deserve any of what happened to him’ which also evoked sympathy from the viewers, whilst simultaneously humanising him and filtering his character through a sieve of perfection. What is interesting to note is that both of the women in his life are filmed in a human environment of domestication,...
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