Created by Neill Blomkamp.

Alive in Joberg is the short film that went on to be developed into an extremely successful and well-received feature, District 9. Set in a future Johannesberg, Alive in Joberg shows us a glimpse of the chaos and segregation caused by the immigration of an alien species (referred to in a pejorative and derogatory sense as ‘prawns’) into human society. Drawing apparent parallels with apartheid and the themes of immigration, integration and prejudice, the situations, challenges and dilemmas arising from the inability of two species (races) to live together in harmony brings to mind dozens of existing conflicts – Israel-Palestine, to name just one. Alive in Joberg uses some rudimentary but effective CGI to show us an imaginary world not a million miles from many societies currently in existence on our very own earth.

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