Manenberg is a suburb of Cape Town constructed during the apartheid-regime to house low-income, coloured families. Manenberg is also a worn-down and overpopulated ghetto with enormous social problems


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Here the odds of becoming a gangster is greater than the chances of creating something new in the ruins of the past – but it is also an area with strong ties between the inhabitants in the claustrophobic houses.

The film is about two young “Cape Coloureds” struggling to make sense in the rubble of a post-apartheid South African township. Based on five years of ongoing anthropological research in the area, the film invites the audience behind the headlines and into the lives of Warren and Fazline and their families.

It is an intimate film about coming of age amidst difficult surroundings, about families and conflicts, about everyday life and dreams of the future.

Director Christian Vium & Karen Waltorp
Producer Christian Vium & Karen Waltorp
Produced by Waltorpvium
Duration 58 min.
Year of Production 2011
Original Title Manenberg