Last week, I discovered what seems like a very promising new film, Iron Sky. The combination of science fiction and Nazis often recurs in Western post-WWII culture, evolving into the principal conspiracy theories such as how the old Nazis are going to take over the world once and for all. Is Hitler still alive? Are secret Nazi organizations infiltrating our governments? Probably not.
Curiously enough, around the same time I got interested in Iron Sky, I happened to read an article about the image below.
It seems that this group of snipers in the marines corps, at least since the 1980s, have been using the symbol of the Hitlerian Schutzstaffel or SS as their own. In their defense, all members of this unit were oblivious of the dramatic relation between the SS and the best documented genocide of all time, the Holocaust. They didn’t know that SS equals Jewish extermination.
This brings me back to Iron Sky. Even when it could be cataloged as part of the exploitation films genre, this movie is different. It followed an uncommon development process. Through the collaborative film-making website www.wreckamovie.com based on the active participation of internet users and small contributions to obtain a commercial product. There are no “big bucks” involved, and therefore, it may augur a “new wave” of cinema.
“This year the battle for Earth is going to get Nazi,” or at least that is what Iron Sky announces in its trailer. However, my wish is that innovative initiatives will reduce the gap between the whole of our society and historians.