Film study is always a popular section of the curriculum among the students, for obvious reasons! However, selecting a film that will grab and maintain the Grade 10 students’ attention and cover all the bases of filmic analysis can be tricky.

IMG_1108[1]The South African film Beyond the River has been an easy choice to make. The film is beautifully shot, and is inspired by the true story of Siseko Ntondini and Piers Cruickshanks. These two men were brought together by their determination to win gold in one of the toughest races in the world, the Dusi Canoe Marathon.


So far, the Grade 10’s are fully engrossed in the film. We are able to integrate many of the themes the film covers into our Life Orientation curriculum, making for analysis that is not just camera- technique driven, but also allowing us to look at the triumph of human spirit.

It is also hugely important to give South African film the space it deserves in the often Hollywood – saturated film study options. We are able to examine the stereotypes that the film portrays, and the South African-isms that are of course so unique to our beautiful country.




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