the brother from another planet(1984)
written and directed by john sayles
In this whimsical but nuanced sci-fi fantasy Sayles takes a fresh look at our society through the eyes of an escaped slave from outer space (Joe Morton) who crash-lands in Harlem and is taken in by the regulars of a local bar. Mute, but with an incredible intuitive ability (and some useful low-budget extraterrestrial skills), the alien gradually begins to assimilate to this strange new world, while changing everyone he meets on this “original and eye-opening” (The Hollywood Reporter) journey through the streets of 80’s America. Made on a shoestring in four weeks, Sayles’ third film helped stretch the thematic and generic boundaries of American Independent filmmaking.