Two paths Essay

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Two Paths Behind the Wooden Camera The movie “The Wooden Camera” is written by Yves Buclet and directed by Ntshaveni Wa Luruli. This movie has received two awards and one nomination, Berlin International Film Festival (Best Feature Film), Paris Film Festival (Best Cinematography) and Rotterdam International Film Festival (Nominated for Tiger Award). “The Wooden Camera” is a valuable film due to its educational value for history on the post apartheid times as well as the way the film was shot. Along with various educational values of the film, I will also be discussing the insufficient clarity of age, love relationships and the unrealistic portrayal of gangs in this film. We make decisions everyday and we make wrong choices everyday, but it is the conscience that keeps us on track most of the time. Though some people choose to go down the wrong path, most choose to head back from the diverted path. A Chinese saying advises “one wrong step made will lead to a lost game”. This saying originated from Chinese Chess, and it means when one decides what choice or step to make, it must be thoroughly thought or it will lead to a series of mistakes causing one to eventually lose. The movie is set in South-Africa, Kayelitsha, a township near Cape Town, after the Apartheid. Two kids, Madiba and Sipho play along the railway while a train passes by, both fourteen, contrasted in sensitivity and toughness. A dead man was thrown out of the train and rolled to their feet. Sipho finds and takes the gun found on the dead person, while giving Madiba the camera. Madiba’s friend specifically makes this wooden camera for him to hide it to avoid embarrassing questions and his intimidating father. Madiba ultimately starts filming the township and the people. The way he films allows his surroundings to take on a different type of beauty. Sipho becomes the leader of street children due to gun

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