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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 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 ... 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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A Simple Man's movie that somehow manages to keep it real
23 July 2010 | by deadly_farrel373See all my reviews

Okay, I'm not too good reviewing movies but I think there should be more movies like this one. It's gonna be a blockbuster or rated too high on or become a cult but it's a simple man's movie. Cause it won't make you thrilled or keep you thinking but there is a sense of innocence and the characters are natural. The actors have done a great job especially the actors in the role of Sipho and Estelle.

The ending of the films is really good. I always thought if there can be such care-free move in the movie and they did it. Maybe, it's possible.

I don't get to see such kinda movies a lot. The only one I remember is 'Bluebird' that I recommend to all who liked this movie.

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