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Inja (2002)

Using a Xhosa boy as a pawn, a farmer teaches his puppy to be white man's best friend. Ten years later, both their lives hang in the balance at the mercy of the dog.

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Steve Pasvolsky

Writer:

Steve Pasvolsky
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview:
Anele Vellom Anele Vellom ... Young Thembile
Lizo C. Makambi Lizo C. Makambi ... Older Thembile
Danny Keogh Danny Keogh ... Johannes
Terry Norton Terry Norton ... Hettie
Mantoa 'Kuku' Mamputa Mantoa 'Kuku' Mamputa ... Angelina
Nomasomi Fini Nomasomi Fini ... Dora
Kulule Salman Kulule Salman ... Friend on bicycle
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In South Africa, not long before apartheid ends, a Xhosa lad of about 12, Thembile, gets a new puppy. They're quickly fast friends, until the White landowner sets up an incident of cruelty to the dog that Thembile realizes will turn the dog against him. Jump ahead ten years, Thembile is a strapping young man, the dog is full grown, and the boss is aging. The three of them go off to mend some fencing. When a problem arises, chickens come home to roost. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Drama | Short

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Country:

Australia | South Africa

Language:

Afrikaans | English

Release Date:

January 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dog See more »

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Big World Cinema See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Insightful and moving...
24 February 2003 | by ausfilmmakingSee all my reviews

"In the old South Africa, a Xhosa boy is used as a pawn by a white farmer to 'train' his puppy. Ten years later in the new South Africa, both their lives lie in the balance at the mercy of the fully grown dog".

If anyone tells you you cannot 'really' emotionally connect with audiences in a short film format, please show them INJA, by Australian director and AFTRS graduate Steve Pasvolsky.

Beautifully shot, and skillfully directed, this short film is both insightful and moving. Nominated for an Academy Award, and having already won several awards, including the Live Action Film over 15', Student Category at the Palm Spring International Festival of Short Film, USA in 2001.

If you come across this film, please take the time to watch it... it's remarkable!


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