When I Was Water

When I Was Water

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Director: David Forbes
Country: South Africa, 84 mins
Synopsis: When Marry-Ann was little, her mother hid her in a cupboard to stop South Africa’s apartheid soldiers chasing her to school during the education boycotts. She saw men being dragged to their death by “the comrades” who were fighting for liberation while shops and houses burned. Marry-Ann’s experiences are used to creatively examine the dynamics of her two worlds in two main themes. Firstly is the dichotomy between rural and urban. Secondly, how modern western culture impacts on tribal tradition. Twenty years in the making, we watch a girl become a woman in 82 minutes. A unique story that represents millions of untold stories of similar young people from different cultures around the world in a rapidly changing environment.