AFRICA IS A COUNTRY

Neill Blomkamp

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

Africa as Science Fiction

Since Sun Ra descended in a breast-shaped Ark to recruit Americans for his planetary Afrotopia, science fiction has played a significant role in representations of African life. The original past represented by Africa as ‘cradle-of-civilization’ has recently been inverted in work which measures futuristic narratives against everyday life on the continent. Now the Arnolfini gallery

Friday, January 15th, 2010

The Message of District 9: Nigerians are Redundant

Now that District 9 is out on DVD and given the fact that it was on a lot of people’s ‘Best Films of 2009″ lists, is a good excuse to talk about its depiction of its Nigerian...

Monday, September 21st, 2009

“District 9″ and the Nigerians

Online comment to New York Press on a film review of “District 9,” the sci-fi movie about aliens landing in Johannesburg: As a young Afrikaans South African with a fondness for interspecies-conflict-based fiction, I enjoyed D9, and...

Friday, September 11th, 2009

COMMENT: DISTRICT 9 AND THE NIGERIANS

Nigerian-born, Brooklyn writer, Teju Cole, writing in Nigeria’s NEXT newspaper: Even making allowances for the fact that is a fable, with strong elements of satire and allegory, the one-dimensionality of the Nigerian characters is striking....

Monday, September 7th, 2009

Weekend Links

So as usual, a bunch of links–new as well as ones–that have piled up in my bookmarks folder. First, some good news: a Sudanese court only fined–but did not flog–Lubna Hussein, the woman who wore jeans in...

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

The set of District 9 was a real Johannesburg slum

We’ll have to see the film first before judging it (its main focus is the angst of a white South African), but here’s what the people living in the slum where “District 9″ was filmed, are saying:...

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

Aliens in Johannesburg

You can’t miss the posters for “District 9″ plastered all over Manhattan. The film opens worldwide in cinemas tomorrow. ¬†From the film’s website, its marketing budget and media coverage, this is definitely a Hollywood film. Here’s the...