The first contact in District 9, Neill Blomkamp’s powerful first feature film, turns out to be different than we might anticipate. The aliens stranded on a spaceship on the skyline of Johannesburg, South Africa, are malnourished, dirty, and without direction. Eventually their temporary refuge turns into a dangerous slum, making their presence an absolute nuisance to the human residents of said city. The echoes of apartheid resonate in the images.

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