Twilight spaces: a boy in time

lshmael Achirri Chi-Bikom
41 minutes

In South Africa, like elsewhere in the developing world, there are a handful of children who run away from their parental homes into the inner cities, or to other cities altogether. They run away for different reasons, among which parental separation, misunderstandings, poverty, and sometimes abuse. They also run away because they are attracted by the urban city life and its architecture: the possibilties for recreation, hustling and finding part-time work. Most of the youth from the townships in South Africa know about the existence of youth shelters in the cities where they can live, play, and attend school, that is, if the streets turn out to be tough.

After running away by train from home in Soweto, Johannesburg, Siya ends up in Pretoria, a place he likes and where he gets admitted into Itumeleng Child Welfare Shelter. Sometimes life at the shelter is nice, and sometimes it's not so nice, but the shelter gives him space at least to rediscover himself.

Producer / Production company: 
Visual Cultural Studies, The Arctic University of Norway
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