FESTIVALS AND AWARDS
- IDFA 2004
- Ditswanelo Human Rights Film festival Botswana
- Durban international Film Festival
- South Africa Parliamentary Film Festival Capetown
- Paris International Human Rights Film Festival
- Pärnu International Film Festival Estonia
In South Africa, 15-year-old Nikiwe has to take care of her brothers. They live alone in their father's house. Both parents have died, supposedly from AIDS. The children do not even have an ID or birth certificate. Without it, they are not eligible to get government support. They are left to the mercy of their neighbors. Sometimes they manage to get a temporary job and other times they beg or starve. The house is almost empty. One NGO helps them from time to time. At some point, even the house is taken away because they fail to prove that it belongs to them. They have to move into a tent. The filmmaker is the narrator expressing her feelings when meeting the children. In spite of all the shaky moments, Nikiwe and her brothers are still a family that stands strong and united. Beautifully shot, with many close-ups and slow-motion images, wonderful back-lighting and an atmosphere of melancholy and despair that also shows the children's instant joy is successfully conveyed.