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Title:When borderlands are where we live: 'Disgrace' (Jacobs, 2008), 'Invictus' (Eastwood, 2009) and 'District 9' (Blomkamp, 2009)
Author:Moya, Ana
Periodical:Journal of African Cinemas (ISSN 1754-923X)
Geographic term:South Africa
boundary conflicts
External link:https://doi.org/10.1386/jac.9.1.19_1
Abstract:This article discusses the nature and role of borderlands in 'Disgrace' (Jacobs, 2008), 'Invictus' (Eastwood, 2008) and 'District 9' (Blomkamp, 2009). Though rape, a rugby team and a group of aliens are apparently very different points of departure for a story, the article proves how these films adapt a single tale of borderlands in postapartheid South Africa, elaborating on the plurality of angles from which such a story may be told. The article discusses the poetics of the border at work in these films and the ways in which they explore the border as a site of struggle. In this sense, the article proves the extent to which borderland theory offers the necessary critical frame for a fruitful discussion of these films with the border becoming a productive epistemic angle; a suitable method for the critical discussion of global passages of people, money or objects. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]