Lucky is a South African Aids orphan who learns about life through an unlikely bond with an Indian neighbour.



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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 8 wins. See more awards »


Credited cast:
Bhekani Biyela ...
Man 2
Siyanda Duma ...
Man 1
Martin Gumbi ...
Bakkie Driver
Bongekile Gumede ...
Bakkie passenger
Brian Hlophe ...
Bakkie passenger
Fathima Khan ...
Extras Flats
Kathija Khan ...
Extras Flats
Andile Luthuli ...
Street Kid
Nkosi Mbele ...
Street Kid
Siphiwe Msomi ...
Bakkie passenger
Joy Mwandla ...
Muthal Naidoo ...
Mbali Ndebele ...
Sbonela Ndlovu ...
Street Kid
Sihle Njakazi ...
Bakkie passenger


Lucky is a South African Aids orphan who learns about life through an unlikely bond with an Indian neighbour.

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Short | Drama






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25 August 2005 (UK)  »

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Oscar shortlist 2007 (last 10). Winner of 36 international awards including 18 in Best Short Film category. Prizes from AFI, Huesca, Clermont Ferrand, Nashville, Asiana Film Fest (Grand Jury), Foyle, Athens Ohio, Cinequest, Hollywood International, Hollyshorts, Aspen Shortsfest and many others. See more »

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Very sad but well played.
9 November 2008 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is a funny name for a film---"Lucky". That's because the title character is a very pitiful young man of only about 7 and his mother recently died. To make things worse, he's sent to live with an uncle who is scum and shows no regard for the kid. It's really rather heart-breaking seeing the film, as the kid is so cute and you just want to hug him and take care of him. But the best chance he has for anyone to care about him is a seemingly crazy Indian lady who lives nearby--and she threatens him and hits him in the face with a large stick! Despite being so depressing, this is still a very good film and well worth watching. The acting is very good (particularly for the kid) and the characters actually have some depth to them (except the uncle--who remains scum throughout the film). Well done but tough to watch.

By the way, one thing confuses me. Although the summary says the mother died of AIDS, this isn't said in the film and you might assume she died of TB or some other common killer in South Africa.

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