Each week FILMCLUB’s experts in film pick a selection of their favourite cinema releases for young kids to teens, under the age of 18.
Life Above All
FILMCLUB recommended age Rating: 11+
Running Time: 100 mins
Year Produced: 2010
Director: Oliver Schmitz
Cast: Khomotso Manyaka, Aubrey Poolo, Keaobaka Makanyane
‘Nothing is more contagious than lies’ is the powerful message of this Oscar-nominated South African drama. Chandra is a 12-year-old girl battling to hold her family together – her infant sister has just passed away and now her grief-stricken mother, Lillian, starts displaying symptoms of AIDS.
Their town’s impoverished community turn on Lillian – declaring the sickness a “divine punishment” and proceed to spread wild accusations of witchcraft that cause her to flee.
Chandra must use both her education and her courage to rise above such prejudice, in a bid to break deeply held ignorance on the illness and reunite her family. A moving and rewarding film about the destructive attitudes surrounding the AIDS epidemic in Africa.
Fascinating Fact: This film is adapted from Allan Stratton’s 2004 novel Chanda’s Secret.
Like this? Try: And The Band Played On, Abouna, Tsotsi, Sleepwalking Land, Africa United
Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Roderick Rules
FILMCLUB recommended age Rating: 7+
Running Time: 99 mins
Year Produced: 2011
Director: David Bowers
Cast: Zachary Gordon, Devon Bostick, Rachel Harris, Robert Capron
This is a sequel to the hit film about Greg and how he just about survives life at school and at home. This time around his parents are trying to make him and his much cooler older brother Roderick spend more time together.
Neither of them are too happy about that, although it does mean Greg and his mates get to see what a wild party is like.
As in the first film, everything that can go wrong does go wrong for Greg – and pretty much anyone who’s ever been to school will be cringing in sympathy.
Like this? Try: Diary Of A Wimpy Kid, Matilda, Hey Hey It’s Esther Blueberger, Stand By Me, The 400 Blows
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