Directed by Avie Luthra
How could a recently orphaned, 10-year old homeless South African boy ever be called Lucky? Over the grave of his dead mother, Lucky makes a promise to make something of himself. Leaving the security of his remote Zulu village for the big city with the hope of going to school, he arrives on the doorstep of an uncle who has no use for him. Lucky then falls in with Padme, an elderly Indian woman with an inherent fear of Africans, who takes him in as she would a stray dog. Together, unable to speak each other’s language, they develop an unlikely bond. Through an odyssey marked by greed, violence, and, ultimately, belonging, Lucky shows how a child’s spirit can bring out decency, humility and even love in adults struggling to survive in the new South Africa.
Avie Luthra is an award winning writer and director who has worked in short films, features, TV drama, documentaries and radio. Avie resides in London, UK and is a 2002 graduate of the Director’s Course at the National Film and Television School in the UK
Producer: Lance Samuels, Christopher J. WIlmot
Screenwriter: Avie Luthra
Cinematographer: Willie Nel
Editor: Josh Levinsky
Music: Philip Miller
Cast: Sihle Dlamini, Jayashree Basavarai, James Ngcobo
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