In the dusty small town of Elandsdoorn, a South African
township not far from Johannesburg, life is simple and
serene. A prevailing sense of deep pride tightly bonds
together the entire community – but beware to those who
step out of line.
12-year-old Chanda is a hardworking promising young
student with a bright future, but her life changes dramatically when her baby sister unexpectedly dies.
Heartbroken, Chanda’s mother, Lillian, in turn becomes
severely ill. Her stepfather drowns himself in alcohol, leaving the young girl to take care of her two smaller siblings.
Meanwhile, the formerly friendly neighbors become
increasingly distant and gossip spreads. "Auntie" Tafa does what she can to help by getting Lillian
to leave town, but not even "Auntie" is immune to the
cloud of fear filtering across Elandsdoorn. Suspecting that
the community’s irrational ostracism has to do with her
mother’s illness and the death of her baby sister, Chanda
demands answers but is met with stubborn silence.
Unwilling to bear the weight of secrecy any longer,
Chanda sets out to face a deeply engrained, unspoken
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