What it's about:
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.
What we thought:
This movie holds a mirror to South African society and especially the Cape Flats and is therefore hard to watch at points.
If you don’t like seeing violence and scenes of a distressing nature then please do not watch this film. It also has a lot of swearing and blatant homophobia in it.
That being said, I think it is definitely one of the best local films that I have seen. It has a great true life feel.
Noem My Skollie reflects South African society and especially the Cape Flats in a way that I found very moving. Director Daryne Joshua and lead man Austin Rose (who plays AB) make a formidable team that kept me enthralled from start to finish.
If you like gritty, amazingly thought provoking films, (that should be nominated for international awards), then you will like this.
Because, yes it is dark and as I said earlier hard to watch at times, but it is also written in such a way that I ended up being so invested in the characters that I couldn’t stop watching.
If you don’t speak Afrikaans and also don’t like reading subtitles, then you might have a tough time watching this film (because it’s in Afrikaans), but please try.
It will be worth it.