On the Other Side of Life

Stefanie Brockhaus

Lucky and Bongani were abandoned by their mother shortly after birth. Both soon learned how to survive in Kumasi, a township in Cape Town. They know where to get drugs, where to get money, how to pick up girls and how to subsequently get rid of them. The two brothers, who were raised by their grandmother, do everything together: they share their bed and their food. And now they are both suspected of murder. In prison they get to know the other side of life, and learn who they have to obey and who can they give a dressing down. As newcomers, they are at the bottom of the hierarchy. When they are released on bail, a special initiation ritual in the countryside of East Cape awaits them. An intimate documentary about tough everyday life in a township.

Credits

Subtitles
EN
Director
Stefanie Brockhaus
Country
Germany, South Africa
Type
Documentary
Duration
88 minutes
Themes
courts & tribunals, transitional justice, crime, cultural rights & traditions, health, illness, addiction, medical ethics, poverty
Year
2009