Mapantsula

South Africa, 1988

Film
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The lives of Black South Africans in the township of Soweto are the background to this powerful, absorbing and thoughtful film. It is the first international Black African feature film and it was made under the noses of South African authorities, who thought it was a gangster film. Unlike many political films, “Mapantsula” is a story viewed through the eyes of an anti-hero, a small time black gangster known to his friends as Panic. Panic is a smooth opportunist who takes down anyone, white or black. In Zulu, Sotho and Afrikaans with English subtitles.

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Credits

director

Oliver Schmitz

producer

Max Montocchio

production company

David Hannay

Haverbeam

Duration

01:39:00:00

Production places
South Africa
Production dates
1988

Collection metadata

ACMI Identifier

324906

Language

English

Audience classification

MA

Sound/audio

Sound

Colour

Colour

Holdings

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

MOV file ProRes4444; Digital Preservation Master - overscan

MPEG-4 Digital File; ACMI Digital Access Copy - overscan

Wikidata

Q6753775

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