The Anti Colonialism And Postcolonialism

1020 WordsDec 8, 20165 Pages
Anti-colonialism and postcolonialism are two words closely related but different in meaning. Anti-colonialism is the act of trying to drive out the colonizer from the native home land. In films, anti-colonialism is an apology for colonialism in that the colonizers are portrayed as evil and wrongdoers. Postcolonialism, however, is not an apology at all because at this point it is too late to apologize. Postcolonialism is defined as the period of time after the colonizers have left and control of the native lands has returned to the indigenous peoples. Postcolonialism deals with the cultural legacy of colonialism and is more in the context of our world today, not the American frontier. Avatar is an anti-colonial film because colonization is taking place in the film while Like Water for Chocolate is a postcolonial film because it is in the context of the period after colonialism, although colonialism is still alluded to. Avatar’s plot is built upon the concept of borders between dual worlds. The protagonist, Jake Sully, goes back and forth between these two worlds through the use of his artificial body. Sully is hybrid because he is essentially split between two worlds as he cannot simultaneously be conscious in both bodies at once. He isn 't necessarily hybrid by the end of the film though because he chooses the Na’vi culture and leaves his old life behind. Grace, a scientist who arrived on Pandora far before the avatar team, is another example of a hybrid character. Grace,
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