Science Fiction Film & Television

‘The environment is us’

Settler cartographies of Indigeneity and Blackness in Prophecy (1979)

Science Fiction Film & Television (2021), 14, (3), 315–331.

Abstract

This article examines the triangulation of whiteness, Blackness, and Indigeneity in the ‘creature feature’ sf-horror film Prophecy (Frankenheimer US 1979), arguing that the film’s renderings of environmental racism ultimately function to justify white supremacist heteropatriarchal maintenance and surveillance of Black and Indigenous lands and bodies. A close examination of Prophecy’s representational and ideological shortfalls - in particular its renderings of Black and Indigenous maternity - reveals troubling entanglements between settler-colonial logics of geography, ecology, monstrosity, and subjectivity.

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Simmons, Kali