Inspired by events in District Six, Cape Town, Johannesburg, during the apartheid era, District 9 explores themes of xenophobia and segregation through a science fiction lens when an extraterrestrial race seeks refuge in South Africa. Arriving sick and malnourished in 1982, the aliens were confined to internment camps for decades amid political clashes between world leaders and private companies over the aliens’ futures. In the present, “prawn” Christopher Johnson tries to take his son and escape home, crossing paths with government field operative Wikus van der Merwe whom, after an unfortunate incident, has become the most hunted man in the world. Directed by Neill Blomkamp and produced by Peter Jackson, District 9 was nominated for four Academy Awards in 2009, including Best Picture.
District 9 (2009)
Thursday, October 19
Mai Chau Vietnamese Inspired Street Food truck, Gund Gallery Front Lawn: 5:00 PM
Film screening: 7:00 PM
Community Foundation Theater, Gund Gallery
About Dinner and a Movie:
This curated series is inspired by themes central to the museum’s fall exhibitions and programs as well as issues important to our community. The films selected include a cinema classic featuring a glamorous movie star who is the subject of several paintings exhibited in David Diao: America Beckoning, and a contemporary sci-fi thriller that dramatizes the disorder and violence caused by the rapid urbanization and globalization of an African city –issues central to the exhibition Urban Cadence: Street Scenes from Lagos and Johannesburg. Our annual Night at the Museum includes a special final Dinner and a Movie feature that spoofs Western cinematic representations of the urban superhero archetype. Join us for a food truck dinner before each screening.
Gund Gallery exhibitions and public programs are supported, in part, by the Gund Gallery Board of Directors and the Ohio Arts Council.
Image courtesy of TriStar Pictures.