Item - NOEM MY SKOLLIE / CALL ME THIEF

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NOEM MY SKOLLIE / CALL ME THIEF

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  • 2016 (Creation)

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144 mins
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Director: Daryne Joshua: South Africa, 2016
Producer: David Max Brown and Moshidi Motshegwa for Maxi-DTV Productions and Stage 5 Films; distributed by Ster Kinekor Pictures
Writer: John W Fredericks
Language: Afrikaans with English or French subtitles
This is the story of Abraham and the Young Ones, a small-time gang that was separated for two years by a dangerous stint in Pollsmoor prison. The film, loosely based on the life of screenwriter, John W. Fredericks, marks a debut for director Daryne Joshua. Set in 1960s Cape Town, the story is reminiscent of City of God. Four troubled youths resort to crime in the impoverished gang lands of the Cape Flats, in order to protect themselves, make their way and exorcise their demons. When young Abraham gets arrested for a petty crime, he raises his status in prison by captivating the hardened gangsters with his knack for telling stories. He becomes the "prison cinema" whilst his childhood friend becomes the concubine of a gang boss. On their release from jail AB finds romance with his childhood sweetheart and starts a new path in life as a writer but his friends rope him into a murder for which they all face the hang-man's noose. It is a film that does not shy away from tough themes and challenging subject matter, but also remains an entertaining and deeply human story until the end. Noem my Skollie was chosen as South Africa’s 2017official Oscar entry in the category for Best Foreign Language Film.

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