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Hillbrow Kids

Deutschland 1997/1998 Dokumentarfilm

Summary

Hillbrow Kids

"There once lived a family. The mother and father were ordinary people like you and me but, for some reason, the children were different. The were made out of wax."

 

So begins an African legend that occurs to a story teller as she wanders through the streets of Johannesburg, South Africa, and wit-nesses the trials and tribulations of the street children of this growing metropolis. Vusi works for his bicycle and for his mother. Jane, a child, is looking for her own child. Silas is desperately seeking help. An abscess in his jaw almost blinds him with pain. Bheki numbs his senses with strong doses of glue. And Shadrack? Shadrack believes in himself and his good fortune. He is convinced he is different. He′s going to make it. He′s got plans.
They all have one thing in common: the legacies of Apartheid have driven them from the townships to seek their fortune in the city of gold, Johannesburg. But the future that awaits them there is not the one they bargained for. Trapped in the big city, they see their hopes dwindling. Rootless and confused, they stare helplessly at the clouds gathering on the horizon while the storyteller shouts the ancient myths to the skyline of Johannesburg.

Source: German films Service & Marketing GmbH

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Credits

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Shoot

    • Johannisburg
Duration:
94 min
Format:
35mm, 1:1,85
Video/Audio:
Farbe, Ton
Screening:

Festival-Aufführung (IT): August 1999, Locarno, IFF

Titles

  • Originaltitel (DE) Hillbrow Kids

Versions

Original

Länge:
94 min
Format:
35mm, 1:1,85
Bild/Ton:
Farbe, Ton
Aufführung:

Festival-Aufführung (IT): August 1999, Locarno, IFF