Cinema Africa! and Maona Art present: Mapantsula + Pre-Recorded Interview 15

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This film was last shown on 27 April 2024

“South Africa from a Black perspective… it’s about time.” - Spike Lee

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, 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 begin with a pre-recorded interview with star and co-writer Thomas Mogotlane.


Oliver Schmitz
1 hour 40 minutes
English and Zulu with English Subtitles
Marcel van Heerden, Thembi Mtshali, Thomas Mogotlane


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