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Inja (2002)

Using a Xhosa boy as a pawn, a farmer teaches his puppy to be white man's best friend. Ten years later, both their lives hang in the balance at the mercy of the dog.

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Anele Vellom ...
Young Thembile
Lizo C. Makambi ...
Older Thembile
Danny Keogh ...
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Terry Norton ...
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Mantoa 'Kuku' Mamputa ...
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Nomasomi Fini ...
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Kulule Salman ...
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In South Africa, not long before apartheid ends, a Xhosa lad of about 12, Thembile, gets a new puppy. They're quickly fast friends, until the White landowner sets up an incident of cruelty to the dog that Thembile realizes will turn the dog against him. Jump ahead ten years, Thembile is a strapping young man, the dog is full grown, and the boss is aging. The three of them go off to mend some fencing. When a problem arises, chickens come home to roost. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Why didn't this win the Oscar?
24 March 2003 | by See all my reviews

Because it was too depressing? It was brutal to watch--I had to hide my face for much of the movie. But its truth was undeniable and so, so painful. It worked on so many levels. At the end you can almost fool yourself that it ended differently... I think it should have won. The movie that did win confronted racism in a sweet, unthreatening way, and was very frothy; this one was more difficult, and tougher to watch--well, I suppose it had less appeal for that reason. Feh.


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