And There In The Dust

And There In The Dust


Reviewed by: Angus Wolfe Murray

With the sensitivity to respect the mutilated victim of baby rape by mixing stop-start animation with real people, Lara Foot Newton and Gerhard Marx’s short film has limitless ambition and a surreal imagination.

Based on true events in South Africa in 2001 when a nine month old baby was found raped and murdered, And There In The Dust resembles a visual poem, beautifully rendered by Mncedisi Shabangu’s spoken narrative (“Nothing ever happens here. The sun is always looking at us - The Big Boss”), accompanied by imagery from the dreamscape of a child.

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Twisted tree, bad fruit, sublime picture.

Reviewed on: 26 Feb 2007
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A short legacy of child rape.

Director: Lara Foot Newton, Gerhard Marx

Writer: Lara Foot Newton

Starring: Martin Le Maitre, voice of Mncedisi Shabangu

Year: 2004

Runtime: 8 minutes

Country: Zimbabwe


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