District 9 is a sci-fi spectacle with a giant spaceship, stranded extraterrestrials and plenty of alien technology, but it’s also an allegory about segregation. It’s a subject director Neill Blomkamp understands on a visceral level: He grew up in South Africa during the apartheid era.
“Really, what I wanted to do was just mix science fiction with Africa, and that’s what District 9 is,” Blomkamp told Wired.com in an interview during last month’s Comic-Con International in San Diego. See the full interview, in which Blomkamp and District 9 star Sharlto Copley reveal more about the making of the film, below.
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