Hillbrow: Between Heaven and Hell
Al Jazeera, Witness
Added: May 7th 2012
Rating: 5.0 out of 1 vote
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
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.
beautiful, personal film elegantly draws them into its fold as their
stories unfurl, revealing a rich seam of today's urban South African