Event Date and time: October 28 | 6:30 PM – 10:00 PM

Venue details: Picturehouse CentralCorner of Shaftesbury Avenue and Great Windmill Street Piccadilly,  London , W1D 7DH United

Organisers: Film Africa0203 073 8337 | Sow

The Royal African Society | 20 3073 8335 |

Event website: FILM AFRICA 2016 – OPENING GALA – KALUSHI: THE STORY OF SOLOMON MAHLANGU | UK PREMIERE

Event cost: £16

Dir. Mandla Walter Dube
South Africa. 2016. 105 mins. English, Afrikaans, Tsotsi-taal with English subtitles. N/C 15+

As thousands of students have taken to the streets across South Africa in recent months, calling for wide-ranging reforms, a praise song for Solmon Mahlangu could often be heard. It’s fitting, then, that 2016 should mark the year that his remarkable story finally makes it to the big screen, exactly forty years after the Soweto student uprisings in which Mahlangu played a key role. We meet Mahlangu as a 19-year-old hawker from the Mamelodi township, torn between selling veggies to support his family and joining his friends at the march on 16 June 1976. He skips the protest, but is brutally beaten by a police officer for jumping a train. This incident is a turning point for Mahlangu. Resolute, he goes underground with the ANC to train as a soldier. Mandla Dube’s feature debut is full of rich, sweeping cinematography that takes you right to the action’s nerve centre, and a superb turn from Thabo Rametsi in the titular role. But it’s so much more than this. That South Africans are finally able to watch an anti-apartheid story brought to the screen by a black filmmaker, and told wholly from the black perspective, makes Kalushi a seminal film on the country’s continuing path to equality.

Followed by a Q&A with director Mandla Dube and lead actor Thabo Rametsi.
Suggested Hashtag for this screening: #FilmAfrica

 

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Film Africa is the Royal African Society’s  annual festival celebrating the best African cinema from across the continent. Launched in 2011, Film Africa is now the UK’s largest festival of African film and culture. Every year, Film Africa brings London audiences a core programme of fiction and documentary films alongside a vibrant series of accompanying events, including director Q&As, panel discussions, talks, workshops, master classes, family activities and Film Africa LIVE! music nights.
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