Everyone's Child (1996)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Coming-of-Age  |   Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - Zimbabwe  |  
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In this Zimabwean drama, members of a rural African village struggle with traditional ways vs. Western materialism. Following the unexpected death of their parents, adolescent Tamari and her little brother Itai are forced to become parents to their many brothers and sisters. The only adult around to assist them is their uncle Ozias, but he cares only for himself and nearly robs them blind. Though Tamari loves a traveling musician, she ends up sleeping with a local shopkeeper who offers her money. Unfortunately, this brands her as a prostitute. Afterward, Itai tries his luck in the big city of Harare, but unfortunately he ends upon on the wrong end of the town's worst side. All of the film's dialogue is in English.

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death, death-in-family, grief, materialism, poverty, prostitute/prostitution, tradition