24 Jan 2012
Al Jazeera’s Witness tells the story of two Cape Flats teenagers who prepare for what is, thus far, the most important night of their lives – the matric dance. In the midst of widespread unemployment and gangsterism, a soaring school dropout rate and the complication of teenage pregnancies, this is the story of two “born frees” and their poignant journey through this rite of passage.
In the 2011 graduating class of Manenberg High School, 61 students made it to their final year. More than 200 dropped out. For those who made it, their families went into debt hiring cars and dresses for this “once in a lifetime” event in daughters’ lives.