Angels On Our Shoulders (2008)

Immigration / 24m / Short / Documentary


Out of the destruction, chaos and trauma of the recent xenophobic violence a small group of Zimbabwean teachers tries to establish some structure and healing for the displaced children and for themselves. Their approach - the establishment of the Good Hope School, situated in a double-decker bus at the Rand Airport Displacement Camp. These are victims learning from victims.
Some routine and "normalcy" begins to emerge even against the backdrop of a cramped and under-resourced environment, and discord with the Department of Education's definition of a "school".
There’s no quick fix for the underlying trauma and pain that people experienced. However, their resilience and dignity shine through in this story, told through the eyes of the children.
The mad destructiveness of random hate is breathtakingly obvious through the film, without a single image of physical violence.

Directed by Andy Spitz


English, isiZulu
English Subtitles
South Africa
South Africa
Southern Africa