Isishluku
South Africa (ZA), 1980, 71 minutes
Isishluku Synopsis

Young Sizwe is stuck in an unhappy home where his abusive father, together with a mean-spirited friend, neglect the poor young boy, often refusing to give him any food or water.

Things start to look up for Sizwe when he befriends Mandla, another young boy who lives in the area, but one day, while Sizwe and Mandla are out playing together, Sizwe’s father and his buddy kidnap Mandla, taking him hostage. Mandla, however, is a resourceful boy, and when Sizwe brings Mandla’s father to help out, the trio manage to get the upper hand.

In the end, the mean-spirited father and friend are beaten, and Sizwe is given a happy new home with Mandla and his caring dad.

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Reviewed by edwinjamescalin
I got fairly bored during the first few scenes of this movie, it was just non-stop bantering and senseless dialogue between Sizwe's father and friend. On the other hand, I... more
I got fairly bored during the first few scenes of this movie, it was just non-stop bantering and senseless dialogue between Sizwe's father and friend. On the other hand, I felt pity for Sizwe because it's no way to treat a young lad and a son. His dismal situation is so pitiful and it looks like he's treated not as a person but a stray dog. The saving grace for this film was the friendship of Sizwe and Mandla as it seems to give viewers hope that something good will ultimately happen to Sizwe. I'm glad the film had a happy ending and the two men were eventually punished for their bad deeds. The actor who portrayed Sizwe was commendable, I liked that scene where he discovers a shower head and then proceeds to open his mouth to catch the droplets of water. He was so genuinely amused and for me it's one of those charming scenes in this film. The actor who portrayed the role of Mandla was also impressive and he was expressive and acted naturally.  
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Reviewed by nikkareyes
Poor Sizwe has to bear all the sufferings and with no adequate food or water. The father and friend both show no mercy and compassion for the young lad who,... more
Poor Sizwe has to bear all the sufferings and with no adequate food or water. The father and friend both show no mercy and compassion for the young lad who, it seems, is mentally-retarded. Luckily, for Sizwe, a good friend in the person of Mandla came along and helped him. The story is quite simple to begin with but it shows us the good and bad side of human nature; the good side manifested by Mandla and the bad side by Sizwe's father and friend.  Commendable performances by the actors especially by the actor who portrayed Sizwe, this seems to be a popular African actor as I've noted that he also stars in some other Retro African films. 
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