Eye For Film >> Movies >> I Want To Be A Pilot (2006) Film Review
I Want To Be A Pilot
Reviewed by: Amber Wilkinson
Part poem to the disenfranchised, part documentary, I Want To Be A Pilot is the story of Omondi (played by Collins Otieno), a 12-year-old living in Kibera in Kenya – the largest slum in East Africa.
Slum is absolutely the word for the filthy area we see the boy making his way through the a child’s voice-over tells us “my last meal was Sunday. Today is Wednesday,” and speaks of dreaming of being a pilot “to fly away from the ghetto”.
You can’t failed to be moved by the plight of the child as he picks his way over a mountain of rubbish, and yet the voice-over poem keeps you at arm’s length. Clearly written by an adult – although based on the testimony of lots of orphaned children – it squirms about for a categorisation, hanging between being a reality-rooted piece of fiction and a documentary.
That the child reading the narration auditioned for the part adds a layer of unreality and you can’t help feeling that the children’s actual testimony, rather than an adult reworking of it, would have had more impact.Reviewed on: 26 Aug 2007