By now the whole world knows that smoking is bad for you. But if you've been smoking like a chimney since you were just 4 years old, it's very difficult to quit. Ilham is now 9 and already did several rehab attempts, but he and his cigarettes remain inseparable...
vpro Metropolis was a video project by Dutch broadcast organisation vpro, that ran from 2008 to 2015. Metropolis is made by a global collective of young filmmakers and TV producers, reporting on remarkable stories from their own country/city. We made a trip around the globe on one single issue: from local beauty ideals to Elvis impersonators, to what's it like being gay, or an outcast or a dog in different cultures.
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In South Africa, magic is for both poor and rich or black and white and it plays an indispensable role in life. "You can decide that it's just madness, but by doing so you will miss the essence of what is so important to many South Africans" says Bram Vermeulen. In an open-minded way, through 8 short films, he shows us this bizarre world of faith, so weird to us, but real to the South Africans.