• Director

    Oliver Hermanus

  • With

    Denise Newman, Keenan Arrison, Emily Child

  • South Africa 2009. 92min

  • Digital

A powerful lead performance carries this striking debut. A mother, abandoned by her husband, cares for her disabled son, who was an innocent victim of gang violence. Their life on the outskirts of Cape Town is a daily struggle, navigating the impact of Apartheid, poverty and a lack of agency. Internationally acclaimed, Hermanus’ drama is an unflinching portrayal of courage in contemporary South Africa.

+ Firstborn


South Africa 2009. Director Étienne Kallos. 27min. Digital. English subtitles

A gripping indictment of homophobia, set against the brutal backdrop of a South African farm that hides a multitude of family secrets.

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