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Ellen: The Ellen Pakkies Story
(Ellen: Die storie van Ellen Pakkies)
numet.ro/ellenpakkies  4539
‘Ellen: The Ellen Pakkies Story’ - Based on the troubled relationship between a mother and her drug-addicted son – a relationship that will eventually drive her to take his life.

Release date: Fri 7 Sep 2018
Running time:120 (2h00’)
Age restriction:16 D L V

Ellen, Die storie van Ellen Pakkies is die ontstellende verhaal van ’n vrou wat deur die strafproses geplaas word, teregstaan op ’n moordaanklag en gedryf is deur ’n onwrikbare liefde vir haar seun. Dit delf in die innerlike psige van ’n familie wat deur dwelms vernietig word, in een van die gevaarlikste gemeenskappe in Suid-Afrika. ’n Plaag, met gevolge wat verder strek as die Kaapse Vlaktes en wat die staat se onvermoë, om die armstes van die armes te beskerm, beklemtoon.

Genre: Drama, Biopic, True Story
Cast: Jill Levenberg, Jarrid Geduld, Elton Landrew, Clint Brink, Amrian Ismail-Essop, Ilse Klink, Russel Savadier
Directed by: Daryne Joshua
Screenplay: Amy Jeptha
Music: Quinn Lubbe
Produced by: Schalk-Willem Burger, Paulo Areal
Language: Afrikaans, English

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In 2007, the death of 20 year old Abie Pakkies created a stir in South Africa and the world. The most disturbing part of the case was that the murderer was his mother, Ellen. When advocate Adrian Samuels takes on the case, he is determined to prove that Ellen Pakkies had no choice. But what compelled her to stop seeking help? How does a mother become desperate enough to take her own son's life? Told across two timelines, Ellen is the harrowing account of a woman put through the penal system, tried for murder and driven by an unflinching love for her son. It delves into the inner psyche of a family ravaged by drugs in one of the most dangerous communities in South Africa. A scourge that extends beyond the Cape Flats and highlights a systematic failure to protect the poorest of the poor.