In Marseilles, a small Eastern Cape town of Apartheid-era South Africa, five young friends who call themselves the Five Fingers rebel together against the corrupt white police forces.
They throw eggs and rocks, using their precious slingshots while hidden on roofs or behind walls, in what is both a real and serious conflict but looks almost an innocent game.
When the policemen kidnap a young girl of the village in retaliation, Tau, Toka Mtabane, the most reckless and violent of the Five Fingers, saves her and kill the policemen in the process. Having crossed the line of innocence, he leaves the town behind and lets his friend deal with the consequences of his actions.
Twenty years and many misfortunes later, Tau (now played by Vuyo Dabula (“Invictus”, “Avengers: Age Of Ultron“)) comes back to Marseilles hoping to find a peaceful place to live in, but what he enters instead is a town under a different but just as violent new threat: Sepoko, Hamilton Dhlamini (“Otelo Burning”, “Jozi”), a mysterious man filled with bad intentions, threatens to take over the town while Tau’s old friends, formerly united against oppression, have now split and grown into different men.
Tau’s flame for correcting injustice is very much unchanged, however, and he will do all he can to protect his hometown once again.
From its very first images, Five Fingers for Marseilles brings to mind the western genre: the desolate landscape of the small Eastern Cape town, the cowboy-inspired outfits of the characters, and obviously the fight for one’s land are all taken from a genre too often associated with the American Far West.