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29 Nov 2005

Movie short – Alive in Joburg

Filed under: Blogosphere gems — paulcook @ 9:21 pm

This is quite possibly the most bizarre thing I have ever seen. I’m still deciding whether it’s great or just really, really weird.

Anyway, it’s a movie short set in Johannesburg in 1990, in the midst of Apartheid repression. Only thing is … the repression is against aliens, as in UFO aliens.

It captures the grittiness of the Apartheid struggle pretty well, and looks very authentic (though there are a few giveaways that it was filmed in the last three or so years). But I can’t decide whether throwing in UFO aliens is interesting artistic license, or disrespectful to those that suffered.

Anyway, the movie is here, linked to from MilkandCookies

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  1. I agree on the weird part…. also not sure on the aim of the movie. I mean is it to make a comment of hope, a comment of fear of “aliens” (perhaps illegal immigrants), or is it a take on various apartheid situations? Seems the director doesn’t even know http://represent.co.za/represent/index.jsp?post_id=482

    Well thanks for the link :)

    Comment by Paul F — 30 Nov 2005 @ 2:05 am

  2. I would have said pretty much what the director seems to say — that there isn’t really a point or a take home message of the movie — it’s just for its own sake. Exploring.

    Comment by paulcook — 30 Nov 2005 @ 3:10 am

  3. This is really bizarre: I decided to link to Paul F’s link to the director, read the name, and realised that I went to school with him, he was a year older than me, and I remember him quite well! Small world….

    Additionally he is not the only ‘Blomkamp’ from redhill to be doing something in TV: Christian Blomkamp, who was 5 years ahead of me, writes for the SA Tv soap ‘Generations’…lucky name.

    Comment by Louise — 6 Dec 2005 @ 8:44 am

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