April 19, 2014
Directed by Roberta Durrant
97 min | 2013 | South Africa
Audience Award Winner at the 2014 Tumbleweeds Film Festival
In this uplifting film from South Africa, 14-year-old Felix Xaba must overcome obstacles at home and school in order to fulfill his dreams. Felix is a talented pennywhistle player who wants to be a jazz saxophonist like his late father, but his mother forbids it, worried it will lead Felix down the wrong path. The right path emerges when Felix is accepted on scholarship to an elite private school. However, because bullies begin picking on him, school is difficult for Felix. Felix sees the school’s jazz concert as his opportunity to prove himself. Since the school isn’t looking for a pennywhistle player, but a saxophonist, Felix enlists new friends and his father’s old bandmates, and sets out on a quest to learn how to play the saxophone and let his musical talents shine.
Filled with wit and hope, this inspiring film will have you cheering for Felix as he pursues his dreams.
Winner: Best Film – 2013 Filmfest Hamburg; 2013 Lucas International Children’s Film Festival; Best Director – 2013 Africa International Film Festival; Best Children’s Feature Film – 2013 ALE KINO International Young Audience Film Festival; Audience Award – 2013 Durban International Film Festival; Official Selection – 2013 BFI London Film Festival; 2014 Pan African Film Festival Los Angeles
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