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Belonging

Born into exile in Britain as the daughter of political emigres, Kethiwe Ngcobo and her family returned to South Africa in 1994. She struggles to find her place in the new South Africa. In her quest for identity, this hip young woman decides to embrace Zulu traditions by going through an initiation ritual-one rejected by her older sister as meaningless.
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2018; 2004
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Hot Wax

Ivy is a big, bubbly, black woman living in the poor township of Alexandra who managed to surreptitiously run her own beauty salon during the apartheid years. Her loyal and considerably more privileged white clients live in the Johannesburg suburbs. In a personal way, this engaging documentary reveals how much has changed after the end of apartheid-and how much has not.
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2018; 2004
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Cinderella of the Cape Flats

Poorly paid garment workers in the "colored" townships around Cape Town have for years made clothes so that other women could dress up. But each year, after working for weeks on glamorous dresses, one woman among them will be crowned in the Annual Spring Queen pageant.
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2018; 2004
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Umgidi (Shadow Dancing)

Sipho is a former political prisoner on Robben Island who decides to return to his home town to complete the Xhosa initiation ritual he began while in prison. But his younger brother, Vuyo, is quite reluctant to have his own ceremony, partly because he is gay and is conflicted about adopting traditional practices. This film explores a family and a country trying to embrace both modernity and tradition.
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2018; 2004
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Nabantwa Bam' (With My Children)

Two brothers live with their successful and ambitious mother, a market researcher, in a comfortable, middle class Soweto home. Nhlanhla came of age during the very repressive and discriminatory last decade of apartheid. His younger brother Miles, who attended a formerly all-white high school, is now a promising computer programmer at Microsoft. This fascinating documentary provides a case study of the emergence of social classes-even within the same family.
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2018; 2004