Movie Discussion – District 9


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District 9 is an expanded story from “Alive in Joburg“.  Here is a link to the short film: (

The Questions:

Level One (Observation)

What did you feel while watching the movie?

What are some moments in the movie that you found enjoyable, disturbing, shocking, or ‘cool’?

Level Two (Abstraction)

Without delving into politics do you think South Africa did the right thing at the beginning? the moving to District 10? other decisions?

Would the same issues occur, to a degree, if it happened anywhere else? Even the U.S.?

Were there any likable characters? Why/why not?

Level Three (Personalization)

What do you think will happen next in the story after the ‘documentary’ ends?

What would a religious element (like missionaries) look like in the film? Would they be hostile, friendly, ambivalent and/or marginalized?

Who was the true enemy in the movie? [Hint: this is not a simple answer like ‘the aliens’, or ‘MNU’]

Is the right thing to do politically the same as the right thing to do morally? Always, sometimes, never… why?


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