Twelve-year-old Don Kerbosch has to hold his own at a mixed-race school in a problem area, after he has been sent off a white stuck-up school. In his new class, he imme­di­ately becomes the target of the gang of the four H’s: Henri, Hassan, Hiram and Han. They spit at him, harass him and shut him out. Only when Don, a gifted soccer player with lead­er­ship qual­i­ties, decides he no longer wants to fight but play soccer, the atmos­phere grad­u­ally reverses. Painstak­ingly, Don begins to gather a soccer team for the school tour­na­ment, where he wants to beat his former bullies from the white school. In the process, Don also recog­nises the poten­tial of the reti­cent Milos from Croatia. Apart from friend­ship, the atmos­phere in the school­yard is a central theme in this film; how the forma­tion of subgroups can have disas­trous effects on shy kids who find it hard to join in with their domi­nant peers. Ilias Adab’s conta­gious raps (plays Hirma in the film), are an appro­priate back-up for this theme.

Title: Don
Year: 2006
Duration : 1 hour, 30 minutes
Category: Feature film
Edition: NFF 2006

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