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The Wooden Camera (2003)

Not Rated | | Family | 28 July 2004 (France)
A township near Cape Town. Two young teens, Madiba and Sipho, find a gun and a camera. Sipho takes the gun, and Madiba the camera, sealing their fate.

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Cast overview:
Junior Singo ... Madiba
Dana de Agrella ... Estelle
Innocent Msimango ... Sipho
Lisa Petersen ... Louise
Nicholas Jara ... Benny
Lynita Crofford ... TV Reporter
Nomhle Nkonyeni ... Servant
Thembi Mtshali ... Madiba's Mother
... Mr. Shawn
Fats Bookholane ... Madiba's Father
Bo Petersen ... Estelle's Mother
... Estelle's Father


Kayelitsha, South-Africa, today. 2003 A township, close to Cape-town, after the end of Apartheid. Two kids, 14, Madiba and Sipho play along the railway. A train passes by. A dead man rolls to their feet. On him, they find a gun and a video camera. Sipho takes the gun and Madiba the camera. Their destiny is sealed. Benny, their friend makes a wooden camera and Madiba hides the video inside, in order to avoid embarrassing questions, racketing etc. He starts filming the township and its inhabitants. He discovers the strange beauty of his life's setting. Sipho, the boss, brings his friends to Cape-town, the white city, so close, so far, so exotic to the eyes of the children. While Sipho forms a gang with the street children and makes all kinds of illicit trading, Madiba films the town, its huge buildings, its business life, and its luxury. In a bookstore, he films a young white girl, stealing a book. They look at each other. Going out of the store, she drops book on road, knowing he will ... Written by Olivier Delahaye

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Träkameran  »

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Excellent Film
26 June 2005 | by See all my reviews

This film is amazing, while not perfect by Hollywood standards it encompasses a gentle look at the wide divide between rich and poor, black and white that is true in many parts of the world. It handles the audience with kid gloves while delivering a truthful look at societal problems. The children are beautiful, take special note of the young man who plays Sipho. The friendships that develop are universally true, anyone can relate to the choices these young people have to make. The influence of adults is interesting - it appears to be taken from real life experiences as there are snip-its of conversations and interactions-much like a child would remember experiencing. I would highly recommend this film.

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