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Dan Dinello

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781999334024

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781999334024.001.0001

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Rise of a New World

Rise of a New World

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(p.105) 6. Rise of a New World
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Children of Men
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Dan Dinello

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781999334024.003.0006

This chapter details how Alfonso Cuarón's Children of Men fuses its political critique of xenophobia, disaster apartheid, and nationalistic ideologies with transreligious allusions to Christianity, Eastern mysticism, and other spiritual traditions. It discusses Cuarón's suggestion on the establishment of an evolutionary shift that naturally exterminates the unfit creators of the old biopolitical order and gives rise to a new all-female species of humanity. It also talks about Children of Men character Kee and the Human Project that represents a utopian hope that motivates rebellion. The chapter mentions some critiques of Children of Men that argues that the film inadvertently supports the current biopolitical hierarchy. It highlights several critics that viewed Children of Men as a modern-day nativity story.

Keywords:   Alfonso Cuarón, Children of Men, xenophobia, disaster apartheid, nationalistic ideologies, biopolitical hierarchy

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