Find 25 Minutes to Watch This Short About a Young Boy and His Powers

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Umkhungo (The Gift) is really, really good. It’s a self-contained story about Themba, a young boy whose powers have branded him cursed. When his parents die, he ends up with a street thug named Mthunzi. The two eventually come to an understanding, just as Themba’s uncles and the authorities close in.

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Umkhungo started as one of five scripts Focus Features funded with the now-defunct Africa First program. It’s a slow burn, to be sure, but filmmaker Matthew Jankes filmed in slum of Johannesburg Umkhungo is set in and used his surely small budget to great effect. While a perfectly contained story, there’s room to imagine the future for Themba at the end of the film.

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[via Short of the Week]


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That... wow. I loved every second of it.

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