classified 15

Please note: This was screened in April 2024

Oliver Schmitz
Thomas Mogotlane, Marcel van Heerden, Thembi Mtshali
100 mins, 1988, South Africa
Primary language

Celebrate South Africa's Freedom Day - marking the first election in which South African's of all colours could vote - with award-winning Director Oliver Schmitz's cult classic Mapantsula, one of the most influential films to ever be produced and exported out of Africa, restored in glorious 4K.

During demonstrations in apartheid-era South Africa, police arrest not only activists but also Panic, a “mapantsula” or petty gangster. While a cop tries to get him to make incriminating statements, we learn in flashbacks how Panic got caught up in the township riots.

Released in 1988 and created while evading the censorship of the authorities whose brutal and sinister activities the film set out to expose, Mapantsula is a gripping drama and an almost miraculous opportunity to understand South Africa from within during its struggle for freedom.

In collaboration with Afrika Eye and the University of Bristol.

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