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Aug 29 2009

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Movie review: District 9

 Anybody else watched this sci-fi flic yet?  The first aerial shot of the alien ghetto reminded me of the refugee camps we used to see along the road to the Beirut airport.  Besides being thoroughly entertained, did anyone but me see an  Israeli/Palestinian connection?  I did a quick Google search and found that there are a few others out there (not many) wondering the same thing…

 In an interview with the director, he mentions Palestine in the context of his interest in displaced persons generally, due to growing up in South Africa:

 http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/arts/neill-blomkamps-giant-apartheid-metaphor/article1250883/

 What was even more interesting was that the term “District 9” shows up more than once (around Nablus and Jenin, for example) in this project to document personal histories of more than 400 Palestinian villages destroyed after 1948:

 http://www.aatimesnews.com/PassportPalestine/country.htm

 Coincidence?

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