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Alive in Joburg (2005)

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

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Bennet Mogobithla
Zakiel 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 Blomkamp's 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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Referenced in The 82nd Annual Academy Awards (2010) See more »

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Excellent blend of sci-fi and photojournalistic style...
10 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is an amazing short-film from a director that is just beginning his career. Neill Blomkamp blends the latest FX techniques with a keen photojournalistic style to bring a sci-fi vision of a South African future. It is the near-future and alien refuges have arrived in Johannesburg, South Africa. The short takes a news documentary approach to tell the story of the aliens struggle to integrate into apartheid like culture. It raises an interesting social commentary on a galactic scale. Neill Blomkamp has been around for a very short time. He has done a few commercial advertising spots and some short films. Perhaps his biggest up and coming film is the tapping by Microsoft to work with Peter Jackson on the film version of the incredible video game "Halo". This project will be well suited to Mr. Blomkamp's style of mixing realistic and sci-fi environments. "Halo" shares a similar theme with Alive In Joburg, they both feature an alien invasion of Africa with a military response.


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