Durban, 1990. Life in South Africa is about to change radically. As shown during this film, FW de Klerk, makes his speech in parliament and announces the release of Nelson Mandela.
This is the background to this story of a year of a young boy in boarding school. While the film does not focus so much on the politics, the situation comes to the fore in racist remarks, expressions of fears of the blacks and securing homes with barbed wire and in the place of black African boys in the school.
The film is based on a popular book by John van der Ruit.
The school itself is a mixture of rules and discipline yet a spirit of freedom (and getting away with what you can) on the part of the students. There is the public school look about it, but not quite as controlled as in 'the good old days'.
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