Mapantsula + Director Q&A

BBFC RatingMapantsula + Director Q&A

Showing: 22 April 2024

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Mon 22 Apr 2024

Certificate15
Year1988
GenreCrime, Drama
Director(s)Oliver Schmitz
Writer(s)Oliver Schmitz, Thomas Mogotlane
LanguageZulu, Sotho, Afrikaans, English
CountrySouth Africa, UK, Australia
Running Time1HR 43MINS
Extra InfoEnglish subtitles
SeasonMain Programme

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.

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 (Mogotlane), 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 be followed by a Q&A with director, Oliver Schmitz.

Presented by Cinema Africa! and Maona Art, supported by Independent Cinema Office and What The Hero Wants, and funded by BFI Audience Projects Fund.