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Directed by Roberta Durrant

  • Ages:
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • Grades:
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7

Dreaming of being a jazz musician like his late father, fourteen-year-old Felix sets out to master the saxophone for his school concert — but his mother's opposition may destine him to live a life without music.

Fourteen-year-old Felix dreams of becoming a professional jazz musician like his late father, but his mother does not support her son's passion. When Felix earns a scholarship to a prestigious private school, he is bullied by some of his classmates and looks to music for comfort. Desperate to play in the school's jazz concert, he seeks out the aid of his father's former bandmate Bra Joe and quickly excels on the saxophone — until his mother finds out and forbids Felix from seeing Joe or playing the saxophone ever again. Will Felix win his mother over, or is he destined to live his life without music?

Recommended for ages 10 and up.

Themes: Music, perseverance, forgiveness, community-building

Content Advisory: Consumption of alcohol, alcoholism discussed, parental death discussed, religious references, mild language, bullying, gun seen in flashback sequence

Director(s): Roberta Durrant
Rating: PG
Language: English/Xhosa/Afrikaans
Year: 2013
Country: South Africa
Runtime: 97 minutes
Ages: 10 to 12
Grades: 5 to 7


Director Biography: Roberta Durrant

Roberta Durrant

Roberta Durant is an actor, director and producer of television and film. Since 1985 she has produced and directed many television series in South Africa, including multiple-Emmy nominee Home Affairs (05). She makes her feature film directing debut with Felix (12), winner of the Audience Choice Award at Durban International Film Festival in South Africa, the Lucas Award for best film at the Lucas International Children's Film Festival in Frankfurt, the Michel Award at the Hamburg Film Festival, and the Best Director Award at the African International Film Festival in Nigeria.