I had read something a year ago about a historical reference to “District 9” aliens and how they represent some sort of immigration that happened in South Africa during the 1980s. The post two under this one already answered all my questions about that subject. I think it’s interesting how the director and writer chose to portray the aliens as giant ant-looking bugs who walk on two feet and do not speak an ounce of English. The aliens are not scary as they are just unattractive, and I like to think that if we did ever come in contact with UFO’s or alien’s in this lifetime, that this is what they would probably look like. But I definitely do not think they would be able to understand us though. It is hard to tell whether or not the aliens are good or evil, or if they could actually be both. They could potentially represent the barbaric nature in humans and our want to enslave others to do our own labor. Humans are notorious for slavery and persecution of others who we feel are different from ourselves (Jews, African Americans, etc.) The Aliens in “District 9” are segregated to camps and forced to live in filthy, run-down conditions. Wikus’ character can represent the innocence in human nature – to a point. He seems to be the only person that is willing to befriend and help out the Aliens return home (of course, until he punches Christopher).