Captures the experience of being the new kid in school through the eyes of Joseph, a nine year-old African boy.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Olutunji Ebun-Cole ...
Simon O'Driscoll ...
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Sinead Maguire ...
Norma Sheahan ...
Teacher Lady
Byron Kumbala ...
Joseph's Father
Sade Oyewole ...
Pamela
Daniel Culleton ...
Student 1
Karl Donovan ...
Student 2
Oisin Pollock ...
Student 3
Conor Kennedy ...
Student 4
Chukwudi Ugwu ...
Lead Soldier
Boye Karumwi ...
Armed Solder 1
Kayode Ayinde ...
Armed Soldier 2
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Keith Buggy ...
Boy in class
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It's the first day of school in Ireland for Joseph, an African lad of about ten or 12. The teacher introduces him to the class, he sits, and as the day progresses he remembers moments of his schooling back home. Two of the boys in class start to tease and pick on him; he's stoic, ignoring them at first. He's defended by one of the girls in class. Recess approaches and one of the lads tells Joseph to watch out. How will the confrontation play out? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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27 February 2009 (Mexico)  »

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€74,000 (estimated)
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Friends and foes
1 September 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I recently saw this at the 2008 Palm Springs International Short Fest. This comedy-drama is a story about a nine year old African boy, Joseph (Olutunji Ebun-Cole who has fled a war-torn nation and is experiencing his first day of school in Ireland and the natural difficulties of an outsider fitting in. Norma Sheahan is the teacher keeping order, Sinead Maguire is Hazel O'Hara the sympathetic classmate, and Fionn O'Shea and Simon O'Driscall are Seth Quinn and Christian Kelly the classroom bullies. This award winning short is the third short from writer/director Stephanie Green. Green adapted the story from the short story New Boy by novelist Roddy Doyle, best known for The Commitments, from his new book The Deportees and Other Stories. The story is told with flashbacks of Joseph's schooling in Africa. This is a good film with nice performances from the child actors and exasperated teacher and the central story moves along at a fast pace that the flashback scenes don't slow down resulting in an even balanced film. I would give this a 7.0 out of 10 and recommend it.


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