THE CHOIR

By Michael DAVIE

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Documentary - Completed 2008

Shot over six years, this is the true story of Jabulani Shagangu and a group of juvenile inmates battling to survive in S. Africa’s toughest prison.

    • Year of production
    • 2008
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • SOUTH AFRICA
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH
    • Budget
    • 1 - 3 M$
    • Duration
    • 90 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Michael DAVIE
    • EIDR
    • 10.5240/42E5-0E1A-E6A6-167E-A078-L
    • Synopsis
    • Shot over three years, The Choir is a true story of Jabulani Shabangu and a group of fellow juvenile inmates who are battling to survive in South Africa’s toughest prison. Jabulani is a rebellious and angry young man until he meets an old career criminal named Coleman, who offers him a chance to escape the brutality of normal prison life by auditioning for the highly disciplined prison choir. Jabulani soon realizes that he can sing and has a hidden talent for music, and with his new found self-confidence, rises in the ranks and leads the choir at the National Prisoner Choir Competition in Johannesburg. But there’s more going on here than just a contest to see who sings best. The brotherhood of choristers, along with Coleman’s fatherly wisdom and an encounter with a victim, transform Jabulani’s life and give him the tools he needs to not only survive behind bars but in the world outside when he is released.