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District 9 is a science fiction action film released in 2009, directed by and produced by Peter Jackson. The story is set in Johannesburg, South Africa, where an alien spaceship has come to rest on Earth, and its inhabitants have been forced to live in a slum-like area called District 9. The humans view the aliens with suspicion and hostility, and tensions rise as a government agency tries to evict them from their homes. The film follows Wikus van de Merwe, a government official who is tasked with serving eviction notices to the aliens, but soon finds himself in the middle of a much larger conspiracy.


District 9 is a critically acclaimed film that has been praised for its originality, visual effects, and social commentary. The film tackles themes such as discrimination, xenophobia, and apartheid, and presents them in a unique and compelling way. The acting is superb, particularly from , who plays the protagonist Wikus van de Merwe. The film also benefits from its documentary-style cinematography, which makes it feel more grounded and realistic. Overall, District 9 is a thought-provoking and entertaining film that is well worth watching.


District 9 received widespread critical acclaim upon its release, and was nominated for several awards, including four Academy Awards. It won the following awards:

  • Saturn Award for Best Science Fiction Film
  • Saturn Award for Best Director
  • Saturn Award for Best Writing
  • BAFTA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
  • Visual Effects Society Award for Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Feature Motion Picture


District 9 was a commercial and critical success upon its release, grossing over $210 million worldwide against a budget of $30 million. It has since gained a cult following and is considered a modern sci-fi classic. It has an 8/10 rating on IMDb and a 90% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.


Directed by
Written by
Based on Alive in Joburg
Produced by
  • Peter Jackson
  • Carolynne Cunningham
Cinematography Trent Opaloch
Edited by Julian Clarke
Music by Clinton Shorter
  • QED International
  • WingNut Films
  • TriStar Pictures
Distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing (through Ster-Kinekor in South Africa[3])
Release dates
  • 13 August 2009 (New Zealand)
  • 14 August 2009 (United States)
  • 28 August 2009 (South Africa)
Running time
112 minutes
  • New Zealand
  • United States
  • South Africa
Language English
Budget $30 million
Box office $210.8 million


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