An eerie tale of a close encounter of the third kind in Johannesburg.

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Godfrey Seome ...
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Sweetness Hlomza
Patrick Hlomza
Bennet Mogobithla
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An eerie tale of a close encounter of the third kind in Johannesburg.

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District 9 (one of Blomkamps later films) is based on this short. Both Alive in Joburg and District 9 were written and directed by Neil Blomkamp See more »

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Alien: We don't want to be here, this place doesn't want us... we have nothing, nothing.
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Remade as District 9 (2009) See more »

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Impressive Dramatic, Documentary-Style, Sci-Fi Thriller
16 October 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This impressive short takes a documentary form, but it's definitely no Christopher Guest style mockumentary. Instead it's got aliens—really realistic looking ones, with mech-style "bio-suits". Set in an imaginary South Africa where aliens have landed and taken up residence, Alive in Joburg poses as a documentary intent on examining how life has changed for residents there, interchanging interviews with realistic CG. The visuals are excellent and while the film's attempt to equate the aliens reception by locals with South Africa's Apartheid era are somewhat transparent, any attempt at social metaphor earns kudos from me.

The director, Neill Blomkamp, is celebrated for his advertising work, and won for himself— based largely on this short I would presume—the directing gig for the new Halo film. I must say, based on this film, it looks like a truly inspired choice.

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