Something that was very interesting to me about District 9 was how many of the events that occurred in the film were eerily similar to those that occurred during the South African apartheid era. In 1966 there was a “whites only” part of Cape Town, called District 6, in which thousands of individuals were removed from their homes and relocated to Cape Flats. The discrimination and racism against non-whites began in 1948 and lasted until 1993. The director of District 9, Neill Blomkamp, is trying to portray throughout this film a message of how inhumane human beings can actually be to others. Though the humans did initially assist the aliens, violence eventually ensued and the prawns were cast out to District 9. It almost seems that Wikus becomes a more caring and compassionate individual towards others as he transforms into a prawn. He realizes what all the aliens live with on a daily basis and sees the difficulty in their lives. He helps Christopher get back to his son and the ship he has created so they can then return to their mothership to return to their own planet and eventually save the other aliens on Earth. Wikus turns on other human beings as he kills multiple MNU soldiers during his attempts to assist Christopher. Some could argue this was a matter of survival or some could argue that he did so to support the prawns and help them escape the captivity of Earth.
I did find it very ironic though that Nigerians are portrayed as such ruthless and brutal individuals throughout the film. This goes to show you that there still are cases and instances of racism and discrimination throughout our world today and it is something that will more than likely remain for years to come.