Directed by: Avie Luthra 2011 | 100 min.

Section: Film For Thought

Premiere: Hawaii Premiere


Sponsored by:

Hawaii Council for the Humanities

This touching film from South Africa weaves a simple yet profound story of an unlikely friendship between two people brought together by fate. LUCKY tells the tale of ten-year-old South African orphan Lucky, who leaves his village to make it in the big city. However, upon arrival Lucky discovers that the reality of his new situation is not what he had envisioned.

Promised a stable home, and an education, Lucky arrives to find an uncle who is only interested in the money he can get for Lucky’s care. Quickly, Lucky finds himself in a dire situation with nowhere to go. Yet just when all seems lost, hope arrives in the form of a formidable Indian woman living down the hall…

Directed by Avie Luthra, LUCKY is a tale of overcoming both adversity and prejudice. In LUCKY, Luthra manages to masterfully bring to life the complex cultural dynamics of modern South African all told through the lens of one child on the margins of society. 

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Synopsis written by: Anna Page


Thursday, October 18 6:15 PM Dole Cannery H Date Passed
Saturday, October 27 2:00 PM Hilo Palace Theater Date Passed

Cast & Crew

Director Avie Luthra
Screenwriter Avie Luthra, Tanya Welz
Producer Lance Samuels
Executive Producer Christopher Wilmot
Cast Jayashree Basavra, Sihle Dlamini, Vusi Kunene, James Ngcobo, Brenda Ngxoli
Cinematographer Willie Nel

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