"The universe is made of stories, not of atoms."
—Muriel Rukeyser


DISTRICT 9: Hailed as a Film We Can All Learn From

Jeff Rivera
This weekend District 9 blew critics away. This film works on all levels: action, adventure, sci-fi, horror, documentary and drama. It offers something for everyone, but more importantly, penetrates the hearts and minds of the viewer and aims to promote tolerance in a world of hatred.

Set in South Africa, the film tells the story of aliens landing on Earth by accident; their ship ran out of fuel and there is nowhere else for them to go. Rather than helping the aliens to leave the planet, humans keep them to learn their secrets, all the while keeping them in a squalid corner of Johannesburg called District 9. It quickly becomes a ghetto slum, littered with waste, crime and filth.

Forcing the view to question discrimination, this film speaks of larger social issues that it seems at first glance. Author and world traveler Nik Halik urges that everyone see this film. "I believe it will open a lot of eyes to larger issues facing the world," states Nik. Having traveled to South Africa and following a nomadic tribe across the African continent, Nik is no stranger to tolerance and acceptance. Nik uses his experience to promote the same ideas as District 9.

Nik halik is a motivational speaker and author of The Thrillionare. For more information:

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