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Phumlani Pikoli. Photo by Tseliso Monaheng.

This South African Short Film Explores Boredom And Giving Meaning To One's Life

Watch "Our Lives Are Bought," a film adapted from a short story by author Phumlani Pikoli.

South African self-published author Phumlani Pikoli wore his heart on his sleeve on his debut collection of short stories, The Fatuous State of Severity. The book, which came out last year, explored, among other things, mental illness, class and race. The stories in the book are told in traditional prose and grimy comic strips.


A new edition of The Fatuous State of Severity will be published by Pan Macmillan in February 2018. And because Pikoli is a modern author, he also uses video to expand on the stories from his collection.

The latest story to get the film treatment is "To Shy Away in Silence," from The Fatuous State of Severity. The story was first published in 2015.

On the short film, titled "Our Lives Are Bought," we hear Pikoli soliloquizing about his life, while we see him struggling to know what to do with himself in his house.

"The film explores classed ideas around boredom and giving meaning to one's life," says Pikoli.

Watch the film below, follow Pikoli on Twitter and visit his website for PDF and audio versions of The Fatuous State of Severity.

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Pregnant Tanzanian Girls Now Have Hope Of An Education

In the past, Tanzania's pregnant girls of school-going age were banned from accessing an education. However, things are about to change!

If a young girl of school-going age happened to fall pregnant in Tanzania, it usually spelled the end of her schooling career — and the death of any prospects she may have had for a bright future. In Tanzania currently, an estimated 5 500 girls are forced to leave school each year due to pregnancy, according to the World Bank.

The Tanzanian government has announced a new programme aimed at addressing the plight of young girls who have been impacted by this discriminatory ban. Tanzania's Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology Leonard Akwilapo said young girls will now be offered an opportunity to further their schooling at alternative colleges.

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