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Between ashes and hope (tussen as en hoop)

For a young preacher and his wife life seems to be heaven. An unexpected turn unexpectedly changes matters for the worse. Jan, the preacher, looses his wife and unborn child to TB. His life is turned upside down. He stops preaching, lives a hermit, and hides from society. The church doors are locked.
A new social worker, Petra arrives on the farm with the challenge of addressing the social ills of the community. Petra suddenly finds herself immersed in a very serious problem. A young child, Lucky, draws her in, as she tactfully tries to address the problem of abusive homes, alcoholism and the threat of TB in the community.
The young boy finds his way - not only into her heart, but into the troubled life of Jan. And takes Petra with him. ‘Tussen as en hoop’ brings forth the light of true forgiveness; this - and finding hope in the midst of despair.

  • Desmond Denton
  • Albert Maritz
  • Desmond Denton
  • Mauritz Grundlingh
  • Mario Denton
  • Charlene Truter
    Key Cast
  • Andre Samuels
    Key Cast
  • Andre Rossouw
    Key Cast
  • Riaan VIsman
    Key Cast
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    tussen as en hoop
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 20 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    January 1, 2024
  • Country of Origin:
    South Africa
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Director Biography - Desmond Denton, Albert Maritz

Desmond Denton is an award winning filmmaker who walks with a strong vision of creativity on the one hand and the practical execution of it on the other; it’s where fantasy meets reality. Desmond is a South African born filmmaker currently residing between Cape Town, Washington DC and Moscow. His affair with film has been over twelve years in the making where he has directed and produced various productions. He studied BA film directing/ writing, honours in communication science and continued in post graduate psychology

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