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Mara Malan, a teacher spends the last of her savings on a house in Loxton, a small Northern Karoo town. Loxton seems to be the perfect place for her to raise her 5 year old daughter, Mia, in a safe and friendly country environment. However, she soon discovers that her plans for a new life are jeopardy because the primary school in Loxton where she is employed is about to be closed down by the education authorities. The only hope of saving the school is to raise a massive five hundred thousand rand within three weeks.

Mara has everything to lose if the school cannot be saved and she is determined that that will not happen. When local musician, Dawid le Fleur, suggests that the money could be raised by holding a music concert in Loxton, Mara is immediately inspired. She sets about getting the country’s top artists to support her cause and perform in the tiny town.

What Mara does not know is that her reclusive neighbour is actually the famous singer- composer Ruan Landman. He moved to Loxton to get away from the pressures of fame and those who seek only to enrich themselves through him. His reclusive nature seems odd to little Mia and she constantly tries to engage him in conversation. This irritates Landman and he sends a letter to Mara urging her to instil some manners in her daughter. His letter enrages Mara, who takes an instant dislike to him.

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Unperturbed by the conflict between Mara and Landman, little Mia continues her efforts to engage Landman and, in time, her innocence and charm draw him out of his shell. Thanks to Mia Landman starts composing again and, despite himself, becomes more and more fond of the little girl.

Mara’s determination to save the school forces her to turn to Landman for help, but before they can join forces for the good of the community, they first have to learn a couple of life’s lessons…


Theuns Jordaan
Elizma Theron
Neil Sandilands
Christina Storm
Chante Hinds
Chris Majiedt
Mattie Jooste
Introducing Janke Bruwer




Diony Kempen
Anton Ernst

Executive Producer

Janice Boris
Anton Smith
Andre Frauenstein

Associate Producer

Christianne Bennetto


Deon Meyer

Director of Photography

Andrew Tolmay


Darrell James Roodt

Release Date

April 2010



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