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Mapantsula
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Sat 27 Apr · 17:30

Why watch?

This restoration is a tribute to all who participated in this venture which was dangerous at the time and to the countless others who fought the oppressive system.

Oliver Schmitz,

Mapantsula Director & Writer
A true classic of guerrilla filmmaking, Mapantsula is now available to watch in stunning 4K after years of suppression, marking the 30th anniversary of South African Freedom Day in April 2024.
Drama • Critically Acclaimed • Gripping
Part of Cinema Africa!

Director Oliver Schmitz worked closely with co-writer and lead actor Thomas Mogotlane, to produce a film under extreme censorship, and by evasion of the authorities, they bravely created a radical and rare anti-apartheid feature film. Mapantsula tells the story of Panic, a small-time hood who believes he sees all the angles. But he is soon in the web of the authorities, pushed to betray the revolutionaries fighting for change.

More than a gripping crime story, Mapantsula is an almost miraculous opportunity to understand South Africa from within during its struggle for freedom, centred on the choices offered to Panic by a system set out to dehumanise him. Vital, humane and unvarnished, this is the time to reckon with Mapantsula.

This screening will include live performances by The Zulu Stomp.

Presented by Mosa Mpetha of Cinema Africa! and Tatenda Jamera of Maona Art

Funded by BFI Audience Projects Fund.

Details

Duration
1hr 43mins
Director
Oliver Schmitz
Featuring
Thomas Mogotlane • Thembi Mtshali • Peter Sephuma
Year
1988
Country of origin
South Africa
Language
English • Zulu • with English Subtitles
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