"CODA is a coming-of-age story. A filmed ritual. This short documentary follows urban youth cruising through Johannesburg near the end of December. At the cusp of a new year, CODA asks its subjects (and in turn its audience) to consider the passing of time and what it means to us.
Time passes and we lose our jobs, or lose our loved ones, or lose hope, or just lose sight of what the point of it all is. Life is so expansive and overwhelming. And sometimes it's hard to comprehend what doing it "right" might even look like. And we don't talk about that enough. What does it mean to exist in time, the way that we measure and gauge it? How does time become something we measure and gauge ourselves by?
At the end of every year, there's an assumed break from the past into the supposed future. And in the same way that birthdays and anniversaries are endings that are also beginnings, the end of the year reminds us that time is passing. CODA is a coming-of-age story. For any of us, at any age."
CODA is premiering internationally through COY.
Director / Producer // Hallie Haller / @_sixthsensei
Editor // Matthew Henderson / @hendersonmatthew
Cinematographer // Nokwanda Mzelemu / @cooked_sugar
2nd Unit camera operator // Mthandeni Khambule / @deskhamz
Sound recordist // Muthu Murema / @muthu_murema
Composer // Nathan Redpath / @kingbemusic
Colorist // Ndumiso Mnguni / @aka_salimoon
Compositor // Karabo Matseke
Production Assistant // Derrick Brak / @derrickbrak
FEATURING // Jessie Dickens / Lerusha Reddy / Brooke Dickens / Melvin Biza / Reneilwe Biza / Kayla McDougall / Garry Siphumelele-Chagwe / Njabulo Mpanza / Amahle Mtengenya / Jess Wright / Shameez Joubert / Wandah Farai / Kemo Bosielo / Alexia Roussos / Shea Mlandeli-Machiri / Melvin Biza