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Sembène Film Festival: Mapantsula (South Africa)

Nov 15, 2018 - Nov 15, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
City of Asylum
40 W. North Ave
Pittsburgh, Pa 15222

a screening of Mapantsula (Hustler) presented by Sembène–The Film & Art Festival. (This film will be presented in Afrikaans, English, Sotho and Zulu with English subtitles.)

Mapantsula tells the story of Panic, a petty gangster who inevitably becomes caught up in the growing anti-apartheid struggle and he has to choose between individual gain and a united stand against the system. Mapantsula will give viewers an insider’s tour of township life and a foretaste of the vibrant popular cinema promised by the new, democratic South Africa.

Mapantsula was the first anti-apartheid feature film by, for and about black South Africans. Filmed inside Soweto, scored to the urban beat of “Township Jive,” Mapantsula has been called a South African ‘The Harder They Come.’ Thomas Mogotlane, who co-wrote Mapantsula, stars as the main character Panic.

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