Hillbrow: Between Heaven and Hell

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Title: Hillbrow: Between Heaven and Hell
Producer: Al Jazeera, Witness
Category: Society, Witness
Views: 2771
Added: May 7th 2012
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Award-winning filmmaker Clifford Bestall goes back to the place where he grew up to explore this microcosm of chaos, crime and corruption in urban South Africa and discovers a place where human spirit, hope and enterprise triumph.

George 'the brick' is an aging boxer, a hard-lived survivor. Around him and his gym are the characters that make Hillbrow the high-rise melting pot of South Africa.

Busi and Mimie are female boxers, punching their way out of their troubled backgrounds beyond the South African borders.

Les is a local nightclub entrepreneur with an eye for an opportunity.

And Bernice is a frail old Jewish lady - one of the very few whites still living in Hillbrow.

This beautiful, personal film elegantly draws them into its fold as their stories unfurl, revealing a rich seam of today's urban South African experience.


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