Beneath the Stars

Beneath The Stars

Beneath the Stars

  • South Africa, Sweden
  • 105
  • STC
    Director:
  • Titti Johnson
Frieda Darvel is an angel-voiced Cape Town street kid who rockets to fame when she appears on South Africa’s version of the hit reality television series Popstars. Flown to Johannesburg to participate in a week-long immersion into the record biz, Frieda is asked to sing everywhere she goes - on a plane, in a boardroom, at a charity fundraiser. Fascinated by Frieda’s media story, directors Titti Johnsson and Helgi Felixson chose her as the subject of their film but the truth was far from the Cinderella story they anticipated. When the media circus ends, pledges of housing and record deals have not materialized and Frieda is back on the streets, caught in a downward spiral of glue-sniffing, petty crime and cocaine addiction. Leaving a camera for Frieda to document her own experiences while they travel back and forth from Sweden, the filmmakers eventually convince Frieda to come home with them. But can the "songbird of the streets" overcome a trail of broken promises and leave the street behind forever? Karen Tisch

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