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The Wooden Camera

The Wooden Camera
Innocent Msimango

Innocent Msimango

Screen Time: 40%
Role: Sipho
Age: 14 years old
Dana de Agrella

Dana de Agrella

Screen Time: 55%
Role: Estelle
Age: 14 years old
Junior Singo

Junior Singo

Screen Time: 75%
Role: Madiba
Age: 12 years old
Lisa Petersen

Lisa Petersen

Screen Time: 25%
Role: Louise
Age: 11 years old

 

The Wooden Camera

2003
Caméra de bois, La (France)
Rating: 6.3 (3 votes)
Directed: Ntshaveni Wa Luruli
Country: South Africa, UK, France
Language: English, Afrikaans
Genre: Adventure, Crime, Documentary, Drama, Family
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0402590

Summary

Madiba (Junior Singo) and Sipho (Innocent Msimango), two 13-year-olds from the Kayelitsha township outside Capetown, are playing near the tracks when a dead man falls from a train. In his satchel are a gun and a video camera. Madiba takes the camera, Sipho the gun -- and their destinies are sealed. While Sipho uses the gun to join a gang in Capetown, Madiba becomes a filmmaker. To protect his treasure, he hides the camera inside a homemade wooden case. Walking around like a pint-size Dziga Vertov, he films the shantytown where he lives, then the rich city nearby. There, he meets an independent white teenager, Estelle (Dana de Agrella). Bucking her father's hysterical racism, she befriends the boy and introduces him to her cello teacher, the wise Mr. Shawn (Jean-Pierre Cassel), who encourages his vocation as a filmmaker.