District 9 - The Eclectic Cinema

The Eclectic Cinema
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District 9   15
(USA-New Zealand-Canada-South Africa/2009)                         
112 minutes
Neill Blomkamp

Sharlto Copley|David James|Jason Cope

The film opens with a documentary-style exposition of an alien ship appearing in the skies over Johannesburg. Inside are aliens - refugees from another world. The Department of Alien Affairs moves them into a temporary holding zone called District 9, which soon becomes mired in crime and poverty. The next step is to move the residents to a new compound outside of the city.

There are many allegories to be drawn from this film, including the cultural clashes resulting from a poor response to the arrival of refugees and, not least, the treatment, under apartheid, of the Black population in South Africa itself.
20 March 2023 MONDAY 19:30
Playhouse Main Screen
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