Ezintandaneni
South Africa, 1988, 60 minutes
Ezintandaneni Synopsis

A touching story of two families – one poor, and the other rich.

A young boy and his sister, raised by their cruel and vicious stepmother, live poor and difficult lives. Beaten and starved by their stepmom, the two children only have one another for comfort and support.

Meanwhile a prominent business man, and single father, has brought his mother to stay with him to help care for his ailing daughter.

A beautiful Social Worker enters the scene and befriends the two abused children, and when the wealthy business man’s daughter sadly passes away, a series of events begin to unfold, entwining these people’s fates and bringing all them all together.

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Reviewed by susancaine
This one may look like a film with a very simple plot but it's highly relatable with realistic settings.  It concerns two kids who are dominated by a wicked stepmother... more
This one may look like a film with a very simple plot but it's highly relatable with realistic settings.  It concerns two kids who are dominated by a wicked stepmother but a social worker saves them from further harm.  Needless to  say this has a promising ending although quite heartbreaking, too. 
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Reviewed by nikkareyes
This is a heartwarming story of a man with a sickly child and of two orphans.  Their lives intertwine on that fateful day when one of the orphans was run... more
This is a heartwarming story of a man with a sickly child and of two orphans.  Their lives intertwine on that fateful day when one of the orphans was run over by the man while driving his car.  Denying at first of his crime, the man  who was guilt-laden eventually helped with the orphan's hospitalization. But matters went from bad to worse when the man's sickly child eventually died. You have to find out what happened at the end by checking out this African film directed by Tonie Van Der Merwe. 
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Reviewed by edwinjamescalin
This African film from the '80s has its own lessons and universal message to share. It tackles the condition of orphaned kids,  abusive adoptive parent, a father's love for his... more
This African film from the '80s has its own lessons and universal message to share. It tackles the condition of orphaned kids,  abusive adoptive parent, a father's love for his child and a social worker's genuine concern for displaced kids. A single father and two orphan kids are brought together by fate and destiny and while it's heartbreaking for the father to lose a child, on the other hand, it was a sort of redemption for the two siblings who have long wanted to have a home that they can really call their own.  
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  • stories like this will make you believe in human nature's innate goodness.

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