King Naki

  • King Naki
© Courtesy of IDFA 2011
Genre : Biography
Type : Documentary
Original title : King Naki and the Thundering Hoove | King Naki et les Sabots de tonnerre
Principal country concerned : Column : Cinema/tv
Year of production : 2011
Format : Feature
Running time : 80 (in minutes)

King Naki once rode the greatest racehorse in the whole of the Transkei region. Like his father, he worked as a stable hand in the city, but, driven by bigger dreams, he quit the stable and spent all his savings on a horse which he named "Thula Sibone" - Wait and See. His dream of winning the coveted annual Amateur Championships is shattered, when, just one month before the championships, Thula Sibone suffers a massive heart attack mid-race, sending its rider, Naki, crashing to earth. King Naki awakes in hospital with a broken shoulder blade, to hear of Thula's demise and the subsequent meal made of his remains. He fi nds himself at the National championships, losing on a borrowed horse, and handing the trophy to his greatest adversaries.
Following Naki from race to race, over three years, the film tells the story of a man's unyielding determination in the face of failure. Against the odds, Naki keeps believing that maybe, just maybe, he can win that next horse race.

South Africa 2011, Xhosa, Afrikaans, English with
English subtitles, HDCAM, DVD, 80 min

Director: Tim Wege
Cinematographer: Tim Wege
Print Source: Plexus Films


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