Saturday, April 5, 2014 - 15:30
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 10:00
SFU Goldcorp Centre for The Arts (Saturday only)
149 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1H4 ‎
Vancity Theatre (Tuesday)
1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver
$9 adult; $6 child, youth, senior; $5 each for groups of 10 or more
Roberta Durrant
South Africa

In English, Xhosa, Afrikaans w/ English subtitles

Fourteen-year-old Felix Xaba dreams of becoming a saxophone player like his late father. Despite the disdain of his church-going mother, who is firmly of the opinion that jazz is the devil’s music, Felix is determined not give up. He is so determined that he manages to obtain a scholarship to attend an elite private school for music. Further, he finds out about his father’s former band mates who, without his mother’s knowledge, encourage him in his love of the saxophone, and help him practice and prepare to play in the school’s jazz concert.

Themes: dreams, perseverance, jazz and education                                    

Recommended for ages 8+ or students in grades 6, 7 and 8
Content Advisory: Consumption of alcohol, alcoholism discussed, parental death discussed, religious references, mild language, bullying, gun seen in flashback sequence.

Please note: The Saturday, April 5 screening at 3:30 PM, is presented in partnership with the Vancouver South African Film Festival, it will take place at the SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street. Net proceeds will support Education Without Borders. VSAFF ticket prices apply: purchase here

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Audience Award, Durban International Film Festival
Best Children’s Film, Lucus International Children’s Film Festival
The Vancouver International Film Festival added two screenings of this popular film!                             

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Director's Bio: 
Roberta Durrant graduated in Drama and English. In the early part of her career, she acted in various television series in South Africa and feature films, both local and international. She has performed and directed at the Young Vic Theatre and at the Edinburgh Festival. Since 1985 she produced and/or directed a number of drama series as well as three feature films in South Africa, most notably the multiple-Emmy nominee Home Affairs, Sokhulu and Partners, and award-winning comedies such as Madam and Eve, Stokvel and About Us. In 2012 she received a Lifetime Achievement award from the National Film and Video Foundation of South Africa.