Die andere Seite des Lebens – zwei Brüder aus dem Township Lucky and Bongani pretend to be cool and in the know. To survive in a Cape Town township, they learned
their lessons early: where to get drugs, where to get money, how to pick up girls and how to get rid of them.
Their mother does not pay much attention to her sons, but at least their grandmother is on their side.
The two brothers share everything: the bed, the food and now even an accusation of murder.
The first thing they get in prison is an unmistakable lesson about the rules there. No question, newcomers
are always at the bottom of the hierarchy. They must learn quickly who may be attacked and who must be
served. A matter of survival in jail. Out on bail, something special awaits them – an initiation of a different
The brothers move through three cultures, each of which calls for its own gestures and rituals. The deep rift
between the generations becomes painfully obvious. The old people still have the sense of honour of African
tradition; their successors have only a tiny chance of escaping the squalid suburbs. What will be their package
Through a clever dramatic narrative structure, the film rises above a social environment study to become a
far-ranging discourse about the future of an Africa ground to pieces between tradition and modernity. Being arrested for murder, two brothers exist between modern
township life, gangsterism and ancient African culture.
Award in the category Starter Filmpreis
Ronda Film Festival//2010
Award in the category Cine Cinema
Award in the category FFF Förderpreis
Camden International Film Festival//2010
Award in the category Best Documentary Film
Milan Film Festival//2010
Award in the category Best Feature Film
South by South West International Film Festival//2010
Nomination in the category Global
Internationales Dokumentarfilmfestival München//1.5.2010
Award in the category FFF-Nachwuchspreis
Award in the category Bester Langfilm
Award in the category Bester Nachwuchsfilm