Four Corners is a multi-thread, coming of age crime drama set in a unique and volatile South African sub culture. At times raw and violent, at other times touching and true, the four lives of Farakhan, Leila, Tito and Gasant converge around Ricardo, weaving universal themes of love, loss, kinship, betrayal and redemption.
Cape Town today – home to South Africa’s toughest maximum Security prison – Pollsmoor. When Farakhan (Brendon Daniels), a general in the Century old Numbers Gang, is released after 13 years, he wants a quiet life and a ‘river of peace’. But he finds himself in a world more violent than when he left it. Now ruthless street gangs control the ghetto streets, crack and guns are sold openly, and young boys are disappearing, victims of a serial killer. In this turbulent world, Farakhan seeks to make contact with his son, whom he’s never known.
13 year old Ricardo (Jezriel Skei) is at a crossroads. A chess prodigy, he is lured in equal measure by the thrill of warfare on the chessboard and the seductive prestige of joining a powerful street gang. Drawn into gang life by the charisma of Americans gang leader Gasant (Irshaad Ally), Ricardo takes his first steps into gang initiation. With no father to guide him, the one adult he looks up to is Captain Tito Hanekom (Abduragman Adams), a career cop hell bent on tracking down the serial killer of young boys. When another boy goes missing, Tito’s focus shifts away from Ricardo.
Meanwhile Leila Domingo (Lindiwe Matshikiza) a London trained doctor, returns home for her estranged father’s funeral. The memories evoked in her father’s house, in a suburb that’s now part of a running turf war, trigger a wave of conflicting emotions as she struggles to decide what to do with her life. Leila comes across Farakhan, recognizes him as the boy who lived next door, and finds herself drawn into his world.