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  • Venue:Luthuli Museum
  • Ticket Price:Free public venue
  • Duration:88 min



Breathe - Umphefumlo, Mark Dornford May’s contemporary adaptation of Puccini’s La Boheme, which moves the star-crossed lovers’ story from its usual Parisian setting to modern South Africa. The epic tragedy contained in La Boheme – Abanxaxhi is enhanced by the ordinariness of its story. In the contemporary setting of Cape Town in an impoverished township, and on a varsity campus, the narrative deals with the brutal realities of students struggling for food, shelter and medication. At the center are star-crossed lovers “Lungelo” (Mhlekazi Mosiea), and “Mimi” (Busisiwe Ngejane). Mimi's death from Tuberculosis, which is unnoticed at first even by her closest friends, sends a terrifying chord in our modern world.  The film will be a unique partnership with the Desmond Tutu TB Centre.

Mark Dornford-May is co-founder and Artistic Director of Isango Ensemble. His first feature film uCarmen eKhayelitsha won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival. His second film, Son of Man, received the award for Best Feature at the LA Film Festival and the Founders Award presented by Michael Moore at the Traverse City Film Festival.

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