By Oscar BARBY


Action/Adventure - Development 2016

In 2041, a young Xhosa boy flees across South Africa towards Matabeleland, as both the country and his family disintegrate around him... Welcome to the New South Africa.

    • Year of production
    • 2016
    • Genres
    • Action/Adventure, Social issues, Science-fiction
    • Countries
    • Languages
    • Budget
    • 0.6 - 1 M$
    • Duration
    • 90 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Oscar BARBY
    • Writer(s)
    • Oscar BARBY
    • Producer(s)
    • Synopsis
    • It is 2041 in the Republic of South Africa. 58% of its 85 million inhabitants are unemployed, and corruption has become the way of life. The Congress for the Liberation of African People (C.L.A.P) is in power, opposed only by the Orange Brotherhood - an organised, well-funded and highly militant party – who threaten to break away from the Republic and declare independence.

      In Gugulethu-Langa township near the airport in Cape Province City, 750 000 people are about to be displaced to make way for airport expansions.

      In this maelstrom, a young Xhosa boy, JAY, 17; his mother, PRECIOUS, 37; and his father, KING PAUL, 41; a minor local gang leader, are among those forced to evacuate their home. Although King Paul believes that the family should stay in the township and reassert their authority, Jay convinces him otherwise.

      When the razing of the township occurs earlier than expected, amidst looting and chaos, Jay and his family flee their home. With no idea of where they will go, they head north towards Bloemfontein. The family get into trouble with a Sotho policeman en-route and have an APB issued for their arrest. The local township police sergeant in Gugulethu-Langa, WILLIAM, 41, is in love with Precious and believes that King Paul abuses her. After receiving the APB, William decides to find the family, in the hopes of rescuing Precious from King Paul.

      The family hide out in the quarantined country of Lesotho, but soon realise that the disease-ridden country will kill them, and they decide to head north towards Matabeleland – formerly Zimbabwe – an independent state offering employment and stability.

      The family dynamic is ever-changing and after their car breaks down north of Gauteng, an argument ends with Jay killing his father. In the distance, a massive nuclear explosion goes off in Gauteng causing a mass exodus, with everyone heading for the Matabeleland border.

      William catches up to Jay and Precious, but the new trio get split up when accosted by a truck of Mozambican bandits who end up taking Precious. William and Jay are left to struggle through the African veldt on foot until, lost and dehydrated, they encounter a primitive, traditional African village, run by a matriarch known as The Water Mama. She decides to help them to the border.

      At the border, Jay manages to find Precious and her Mozambican captors in the chaos. He devises a plan to rescue her but his plan goes awry and Precious, William and the Water Mama are all killed.

      As the Republic of South Africa becomes a failed state, Jay ends up at the border gates left with the decision to either stay in what remains of South Africa, or head off into Matabeleland alone.