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the wound that does not bleed

Iduma Elingopiyo

die wond wat nie bloei nie

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Iduma Elingipiyo

the wound that does not bleed

 

exploring the world of children and youth living on the streets of Cape Town

 

Running time 60 minutes

 

Filmed on and off over a period of two years, this documentary explores the world of children and youth living on the streets of Cape Town, 'strollers' as they call themselves.

 

Although some children profess to enjoy the freedom life on the streets gives them, most left home because their lives there were just not bearable anymore due to poverty, physical abuse, alcoholism and neglect. Their new, city circumstances are not much of an improvement. Forced to survive on handouts and petty crime, the children are subject to the vagaries of weather, disease, substance abuse, rape, harassment by officialdom and various forms of exploitation by older gangsters.

 

What street life does offer is some sort of companionship, substitute families are formed, providing the kids with some sense of belonging. They tend to look out for one another even though violence amongst themselves is high.

 

The camera is very intimate and accompanies the children on their daily routines, their lives are a struggle but not without humour. A visit is paid to a mother, who tearfully reveals her hardships in bringing up children alone under deprived circumstances and her heartache at having her young daughter living on the street.

 

'Iduma Elingopiyo' is a tribute to the talent and resourcefulness of youth surviving and coping on their own. Most importantly the children and youth have been given the opportunity to speak for themselves.

Awards and Screenings

 

Competing against feature films, 'Iduma Elingopiyo' won second prize for best foreign film at the Adriatico Cinema International Film Festival, Rimini, Italy 1998

 

It was screened on SABC 1 in April 2008

 

Iduma Elingipiyo

the wound that does not bleed

 

directors/producers:

Kali van der Merwe and Davide Tosco

 

editor:

Dinah Arnott

 

camera:

Davide Tosco

 

sound:

Babalwa Nani, Felix Grove

Young women Other-Wise trained in their radio courses did the sound recording for this documentary.

This documentary was funded by:

 

THE ROYAL NETHERLANDS EMBASSY

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