This Is America: They Live (1988)

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“They’re free-enterprisers. The earth is just another developing planet. Their third world.” KINO favourite John Carpenter directed this bonkers sci-fi social commentary on eight years of Reagan induced deregulation and enrichment by the already very wealthy. The fantastic allegory of the rich as parasitic aliens living among us is even more prescient today than in the 80’s and the iconic imagery of the film made it into pop-culture even though many people don’t realize it’s from They Live. In short: perfection.

Regie: John Carpenter

Cast: Roddy Piper, Keith David, Meg Foster

Land: VS

Speelduur: 94 minuten

Taal: Engels

Ondertiteling: Geen


With the United States in its current state, it seems like a prescient time to shine a light on the common folks of this country and their everyday fight for survival with our upcoming program: This Is America. A six movie cinematic journey through lauded classics mixed with lesser known gems that depict working class protagonists in a head-on fight against institutional corruption, racism, media for profit, the opioid epidemic and even some bourgeois extraterrestrials. It’s the struggle of the 99% depicted through heartfelt stories by some of America’s greatest directors. Starting October 24th. English language with no subtitles.

They Live (1988)
Nada, a wanderer without meaning in his life, discovers a pair of sunglasses capable of showing the world the way it truly is. As he walks the streets of Los Angeles, Nada notices that both the media and the government are comprised of subliminal messages meant to keep the population subdued, and that most of the social elite are skull-faced aliens bent on world domination. With this shocking discovery, Nada fights to free humanity from the mind-controlling aliens.