M. Night Shyamalan’s new film highlighted throughout the the City By Way of Earth, Air, Wind and Sea
NYC & Company, New York City’s marketing, tourism and partnership organization, today announced the dates and locations for New York City’s June celebrations in anticipation of M. Night Shyamalan’s new film, “The Last Airbender,” adapted from Nickelodeon’s popular animated television series Avatar: The Legend of Aang. Set to release theatrically in 3D on July 2, the story follows Aang, an Avatar and last-known Airbender, as he battles to maintain peace between four nations via his super-powers: earth, fire, air and water. Continue reading
Critics have called alien epic Avatar a version of Dances With Wolves because it’s about a white guy going native and becoming a great leader. But Avatar is just the latest scifi rehash of an old white guilt fantasy. Spoilers…
Whether Avatar is racist is a matter for debate. Regardless of where you come down on that question, it’s undeniable that the film – like alien apartheid flick District 9, released earlier this year – is emphatically a fantasy about race. Specifically, it’s a fantasy about race told from the point of view of white people. Avatar and scifi films like it give us the opportunity to answer the question: What do white people fantasize about when they fantasize about racial identity?
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