Brother from Another Planet

After escaping slavery on another planet, an alien (Joe Morton) crashes on Ellis Island and makes his way to Harlem. Assumed to be a homeless black man, the alien fits right into the multicultural swath of New York City, especially since he can fix both broken bones and broken machines just by touching them. Director John Sayles has the alien moving up and down New York City’s social stratum, exposing both the minor triumphs of the city’s poorer residents and the overarching structure of corruption and oppression.


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