The science fiction film Avatar will be examined in light of the social-political context in which it was written, demonstrating the director’s highly charged critique of US foreign policy. Yet this paper also argues that the depiction of the alien native species remains problematic from a postcolonial perspective. “Decolonising Pandora” addresses too the ways that Avatar has been used for political ends by peoples throughout the world, while acting as a vehicle for a critical examination of traditional definitions of empire and imperial history overall.

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