Forced Displacement in the Science Fiction Elysium Vis-À-Vis the Refugee Crisis in Syria: Reflections on the Struggles of Forced Migrants



The refugee in Syria is one of the most pressing issues in the world today. The conflict between the government of Bashar al-Asad and militant groups, which started in 2011, continues to displace Syrians within the country and even all over world as well. According to UNCHR, 4,8 million have already fled to Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, and Iraq, 6,6 Million are internally displaced, and about 1 million have requested asylum to Europe. With this in mind, the paper was aimed to study forced displacement in Syria specifically on the struggle of forced migrants using the popular sci-fi film Elysium as a lens. The paper was an explorative research which used descriptive and comparative method in analysis of data. Along with stimulation, primary, and secondary data were used. With the limited sources, data were gathered mainly thorough direct observation on the film. Secondary data were taken on the literature reviews pertaining to the field of study including books, articles and mostly from internet sources. Based on the findings of the study, the sci-fi film Elysium is a stimulation of the refugee crisis in Syria. The study had identified that the characteristic of forced displacement in term of its push factors/causes and its manifestations, the interviewing obstacles, and the scale of displacement are all pervasive in the film. This only proved that Elysium is a reflection and image of the struggles of Syrian forced migrants. The researcher also found out that film can be used as an alternative direction for political analysis and theorizing. Since the refugee crisis is still on the process, it is then recommended that future researchers should also explore other factors related to forced displacement considering the dynamics and updates on the refugee crisis.

Keywords: Forced displacement, science fiction film, refugee crisis, forced migrants

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