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The Choir (2007)

| Documentary, Music
Shot over four years, THE CHOIR is the story of Jabulani Shabangu and a group of fellow inmates who are battling to survive in Leeukwop Prison -- South Africa's largest prison. Jabulani is ... See full summary »

Director:

Michael Davie

Writer:

Michael Davie
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Cast

Credited cast:
Tabea Bohali Tabea Bohali
Richmond Febana Richmond Febana ... Himself
Coleman Mgogodlo Coleman Mgogodlo ... Himself
Thabo Mohlahli Thabo Mohlahli
Thabo Molahli Thabo Molahli ... Himself
Jabulani Shabangu Jabulani Shabangu ... Himself
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Shot over four years, THE CHOIR is the story of Jabulani Shabangu and a group of fellow inmates who are battling to survive in Leeukwop Prison -- South Africa's largest prison. Jabulani is rebellious and angry until he meets a wily old bank robber named Coleman, who recruits him for the prison choir. Jabulani rises in the ranks and leads the choir to victory at the National Prisoner Choir Competition. But there's more going on here than just a contest to see who sings best. The brotherhood of choristers, along with Coleman's fatherly wisdom transform Jabulani's life and give him the tools he needs to face his victims and to survive behind bars - as well as in the world outside when he is released. Written by Anonymous

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From the toughest prison in Africa, the sound of hope breaks free.

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Documentary | Music

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Filming Locations:

South Africa

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Budget:

AUD 750,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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An interesting take on documentary
2 October 2009 | by pdelamoreSee all my reviews

The Choir is a very awkward documentary which is saved by its subject matter being so fantastic.

I really don't know what Michael Davie was trying to achieve. This is because the direction and framing suggest that the majority of scenes were set-up. Actually, it feels like that for most of the movie. But perhaps it's good that there are movie makers out there breaking the mould. Yet, I can't help but feel it hasn't worked due to my failure to fully work out if it was real or not.

That being said, it's an uplifting, and equally saddening, story. The documentary focuses on the teacher of the prison choir and a new member over a period of six years. It's an interesting relationship.

All in all, The Choir is a very good documentary. I have issues with it, but it's ultimately the story that matters. 7/10


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