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On the Other Side of Life (2009)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Crime, Drama | 20 March 2010 (USA)
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Lucky and Bongani pretend to be cool and in the know. To survive in a Cape Town township, they learned their lessons early: where to get drugs, where to get money, how to pick up girls and ... See full summary »

Directors:

Stefanie Brockhaus, Andreas Wolff (as Andy Wolff)

Writers:

Stefanie Brockhaus, Andreas Wolff (as Andy Wolff)
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2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Credited cast:
Bongani Nxele Bongani Nxele
Elsie Nxele Elsie Nxele
Lucky Nxele Lucky Nxele
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Lucky and Bongani pretend to be cool and in the know. To survive in a Cape Town township, they learned their lessons early: where to get drugs, where to get money, how to pick up girls and how to get rid of them. Their mother does not pay much attention to her sons, but at least their grandmother is on their side. The two brothers share everything: the bed, the food and now even an accusation of murder. The first thing they get in prison is an unmistakable lesson about the rules there. No question, newcomers are always at the bottom of the hierarchy. They must learn quickly who may be attacked and who must be served. A matter of survival in jail. Out on bail, something special awaits them - an initiation of a different kind. The brothers move through three cultures, each of which calls for its own gestures and rituals. The deep rift between the generations becomes painfully obvious. The old people still have the sense of honor of African tradition; their successors have only a tiny ... Written by Cornelia Klauss / DOK Leipzig

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Two brothers torn between modern township life, gangsterism and ancient African culture


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Not Rated
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Country:

Germany

Language:

English | Xhosa

Release Date:

20 March 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die andere Seite des Lebens - Zwei Brüder im Township See more »

Filming Locations:

Cala, South Africa See more »

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Budget:

€160,000 (estimated)
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Dolby SR

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Color (HD)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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A brilliant look at two boys in trouble with the law in South Africa
12 December 2009 | by paul-606-531743See all my reviews

Hard to imagine that this was done by two young filmmakers fresh out of film school in Germany. It's a stunning verite film marked by an earthy, hard-earned poeticism, a piercing sense of place, and indelible characters in Lucky and Bongani. The film's narrative thread keeps the viewer involved throughout, but it's the full-on access here to the brothers and their unfolding story that is nothing short of miraculous. There's not a whiff of any self-consciousness about any of the scenes, although it's assembled with tremendous artistry. A breath of fresh air through and through -- this is a movie to be seen, one of the great docs of 2010.


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