Themba: A Boy Called Hope

trinidad+tobago film festival 2010 screening

Year 2010
Duration 108 minutes
Type Dramatic feature
Country South Africa / Germany
Language Xhosa and English, with English subtitles
Director(s) Stefanie Sycholt
Rating All Ages


Like many 11-year-old boys in South Africa, Themba dreams of playing for Bafana Bafana, the national football team. When his mother loses her job, she departs their home in rural Eastern Cape to look for work in Cape Town, leaving Themba and his sister in the care of her lover. After Themba undergoes a traumatic experience, he and his sister decide to go to find their mother, even though his football team is on the verge of winning the local junior championships.

In Cape Town, Themba and his sister find their mother dying of Aids. Though he must work to care for the family, Themba does not give up on his dream. Against the odds, he is selected to play for the national under-20 squad. This gives him the strength to come forward and make a courageous public admission.

Trinidad & Tobago premiere

AwardsGolden Dhow – Best Feature Film, Zanzibar International Film Festival 2010


Date: Tue 31 Aug, 2010
Category: ttff news and features

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