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.

Credits

director

Oliver Schmitz

producer

Max Montocchio

production company

David Hannay

Haverbeam

Language

English

Duration

01:39:00:00

Colour

Colour

ACMI Identifier

36692

Audience classification

MA

Subject categories

Courtroom, Crime, Espionage & Thrillers

Courtroom, Crime, Espionage & Thrillers → Gangster films

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Apartheid

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Blacks - South Africa

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Racism

Feature films

Feature films → Feature films - South Africa

History → Apartheid

Sound/audio

Sound

Holdings

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

MOV file ProRes4444; Digital Preservation Master - overscan

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

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