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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 Junior Singo ... Madiba
Dana de Agrella Dana de Agrella ... Estelle
Innocent Msimango Innocent Msimango ... Sipho
Lisa Petersen Lisa Petersen ... Louise
Nicholas Jara Nicholas Jara ... Benny
Lynita Crofford ... TV Reporter
Nomhle Nkonyeni ... Servant
Thembi Mtshali Thembi Mtshali ... Madiba's Mother
Jean-Pierre Cassel ... Mr. Shawn
Fats Bookholane Fats Bookholane ... Madiba's Father
Bo Petersen Bo Petersen ... Estelle's Mother
Andre Jacobs ... 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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loved: a tinge of surrealism.
18 October 2005 | by enraptinreverieSee all my reviews

This was a nice film. It had a interesting storyline, that was executed pretty well in the later part of the film. The storyline kinda reminded me of The City of God. But this one is done in a more nicer way in comparison. It had what i really loved:a tinge of surrealism. Some pretty interesting cinematography (thru the wooden camera) I'm not sure if it was culturally correct, but it definitely widens you're view of south Africa. The actors were good (for 1st timers, most of them anyway), i especially liked Estelle character, which made this movie pretty enjoyable. What is interesting though, was that it makes you ask about your own life. Are you really doing what you really love? Or do you consent to the norm, the conventionalism around you. Definitely worth a watch.

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