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The Choir
Year:  2008
Running Time:  82 minutes
Country:  South Africa /Australia
Genre:  Documentary
Venue:  Corinthian Yacht Club
Cast:  Jabulani Shabangu
Showtime:   Saturday, March 20, 2010 @ 01:15 PM
Director:  Michael Davie

Description:
  Shot over four years The Choir is about the music which unites Jabulani Shabangu and a group of fellow inmates who are battling to survive in South Africa's biggest prison. Jabulani is rebellious and angry until he meets a wily bank robber named Coleman, who recruits him for the prison choir.

Jabulani rises in the ranks and leads the choir to victory at the National Prisoner Choir Competition. But there's more going on here than just a contest to see who sings best. The brotherhood of choristers, along with Coleman's fatherly wisdom transform Jabulani's life and give him the tools he needs to face his victims and to survive behind bars, as well as in the world outside when he is released.

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Note: During apartheid, South African prisons were notorious for overcrowding, corporal punishment, and there was a high level of secrecy around their operations. The South African Constitution however now upholds that every prisoner has a right to human dignity enabling those serving their sentences to pursue socially responsible life following incarceration. Recently, legal and institutional reforms have improved conditions in the country's 240 prisons which hold up to 200,000 inmates at a time.





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