Director: Oliver Schmitz
Country: South Africa
Year: 1987
Duration: 104 min



Venue Date Time
Westville Correctional Services 23 July 2015 10:00 AM
UKZN Sneddon Theatre 25 July 2015 18:00 PM

Banned in South Africa at the time of its release, Mapantsula is a true classic of South African cinema and one of the most important anti-apartheid films. It evocatively and accurately captures the politically charged atmosphere of the late 1980s, when apartheid was at its most oppressive and destructive. The film tells the story of Panic, a small-time crook, in an unforgettable performance by Thomas Mogotlane. Arrested one day with a group of political activists, Panic is interrogated by the security police and offered all sorts of financial rewards to testify against the activists sharing his prison cell. Panic is forced to make some life-altering decisions, and it is in his moral journey from petty thief to a politicised man of principle that the true significance of the film lies.

Oliver Schmitz is a South African film director and screenwriter. His film Mapantsula was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1988 Cannes Film Festival. His 2010 film Life, Above All (Le Secret de Chanda) was selected as the South African entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 83rd Academy Awards.


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