Mapantsula (Hustler)

Director: Oliver Schmitz
Country: South Africa
Year: 1988
Running Time: 104 min.
Language: Sotho, Zulu, English and Afrikaans with English subtitles

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,” it has been called a South African The Harder They Come. 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. This film 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.

About the Director

Oliver Schmitz

Biography: Oliver Schmitz (born 1960) is a South African film director andOliver Schmitz 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. It made the shortlist of nominations announced in January 2011.

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Mapantsula (1994);
Joburg Stories (1997 – Oliver Schmitz, Brian Tilley);
Hijack Stories (2002).

Filmography:
The Twilight Zone (1987);
Mapantsula (1988);
The People’s Poet (1988);
Fruits of Defiance (1990 – Oliver Schmitz, Brian Tilley);
Hlangani: A Short History of COSATU (1991 – Oliver Schmitz, Brian Tilley);
Getting There (1993);
Dark City (1993);
Nelson Mandela Inauguration (1994);
Rhythm and Rights (1995);
Joburg Stories (1997 – Oliver Schmitz, Brian Tilley);
The Story (1999);
Hijack Stories (2000);
Das Beste Stück (2002);
Prinzessin macht blau (2004);
Was Sie schon immer über Singles wissen wollten (2005);
Plötzlich berühmt (2005);
Paris, je t’aime – Place des Fêtes (2006);
Arme Millionäre (2006);
Allein unter Töchtern (2007);
Fleisch (2008);
Doctor’s Diary – Männer sind die beste Medizin (2008);
Türkisch für Anfänger (2006 – 2008);
Die Trickser (2009);
Allein unter Schülern (2009);
Life, Above All [Le Secret de Chanda] (2010);
Allein unter Müttern (2011);
Willkommen im Krieg (2012);
Allein unter Nachbarn (2012).

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