Mapantsula
South Africa, 1988, 104 minutes
Mapantsula Synopsis

Mapantsula tells the story of Panic, a petty gangster who inevitably becomes caught up in the growing anti-apartheid struggle and has to choose between individual gain and a united stand against the system.

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Reviewed by edwinjamescalin
An intense and no-holds barred look on the violence and upheaval during the apartheid regime of SA. What makes this film unique, adding a sense of relevance and film realism,... more
An intense and no-holds barred look on the violence and upheaval during the apartheid regime of SA. What makes this film unique, adding a sense of relevance and film realism, was the fact that this was made right under the noses of apartheid censors, in the process outwitting them in believing the crew were filming what's on the supposed script. The real script was made when the censors are nowhere near; that of a thief ( mapantsula) who is politicized in an apartheid jail.  The political unrest was clearly evident in the upheavals and the protests of the  citizens as cited in the film.  The thief is played by SA actor Thomas Mogotlane who is commendable for his portrayal as a  thug. This film won the One Future Prize at the Munich Film Festival in 1989. Worth checking out! 
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Reviewed by nikkareyes
This South African film gives a glimpse of the anti-apartheid struggle during the said regime.  The countless protest rallies, the struggle chants and other resistance were very pronounced in this... more
This South African film gives a glimpse of the anti-apartheid struggle during the said regime.  The countless protest rallies, the struggle chants and other resistance were very pronounced in this movie and the brutalities depict the psychological tortures during such time.  Thomas Mogotlane as the lead actor Panic is an interesting character and pulls off a convincing portrayal of a mapantsula, or thief who's torn between personal gains and standing by his principles to fight against the system. A compelling anti-apartheid feature film by Director Oliver Schmitz. 
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  • Absolute classic. A game-changer for SA cinema, way ahead of its time.

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