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A dramatic slice of life about a diverse group of students who come together in a poor school in the Cape Flats.

Starts Friday the 22nd of April, 2022
Distributor:Gravel Road AfricaGravel Road Africa
Running time:100 (1h40')
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It’s a tumultuous day in the life of a mixed bag of students at a poor government school on the Cape Flats. John Shelby High’s Grade 12Y class is the only class doing matric Mathematics. It’s September, a month away from the matric exams, and they still don’t have a math teacher. Six woefully unqualified temps have already come and gone during the year, leaving everyone hopelessly inadequately prepared for the upcoming finals. The class is made up of a cynical and disenfranchised mixed group of black and coloured students, and the latent racism that still exists in this environment often rises to the surface.

A newly qualified white substitute teacher arrives to teach, though he isn’t a math teacher…he’s qualified as a History and English teacher. The day is further complicated by the arrival of a teacher and a group of students from an upper-class school, whose day-long visit is part of a cultural exchange programme, but they’re shunted around from class to class by cynical, burnt-out teachers who don’t want interlopers in their classes.

The clash of cultures brings things to a volatile head.

Genre: Drama, Comedy, Coming-of-age
Directed by: Riaz Solker
Country / Year: South Africa,  2018

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‘Sodium Day’ is a comedy­-drama slice­-of-­life film about a poor school in the Cape Flats, where things come to a head and explode, just as the sodium exploded when the boys stole some from the science lab and threw it onto the waterlogged school field.