On the anniversary of the violent Soweto youth uprising of June 16th, 1976, an affluent group of adolescent friends living in the city of Johannesburg, South Africa are startled by the live-streamed suicide of a young girl in her parents’ family home. A year and some months after the incident, two disillusioned new generation Zulu youths, Jabz and his best friend September, rummage through the sleepy manicured northern suburbs of Johannesburg in search of answers, drugs, distraction and salvation. The suicide stained their youth forcing them to examine the city that surrounds them as well as their own lives. Under the hood of Jabz’s fathers sleek new black jaguar, the two boys attempt to reacquaint themselves with the carefree hopefulness of their high school years. Jabz realising that the passionate Johannesburg he remembered existing not so long ago has slowly shifted into the visage of a conflict zone in his mind. Desperately desiring a sense of rhythm in the world, Jabz attempts to connect the dots. Somehow trying to make sense of why the friends he loves need to die.
In August 2012, mine workers in one of South Africa’s biggest platinum mines began a wildcat strike for better wages. Six days into the strike, the police used live ammunition to brutally suppress the strike, killing 34 and injuring many more. Using the POV of the Marikana miners, Miners Shot Down, follows the strike from day one, showing the courageous but isolated fight waged by a group of low paid workers against the combined forces of the mining company, Lonmin, the ANC government and their allies in the National Union of Mineworkers. What emerges is collusion at the top, spiraling violence and the country’s first post-colonial massacre. South Africa will never be the same again.
How many South African gangster films have you seen? How many? That’s right – 2005 Tsotsi, yes, it depicted a specific culture of South Africa, but was it a true gangster film? Dollars and White Pipes, as cool as it was, really don’t count! American gangster film, Blood-in-Blood-Out was not about the numbers, nor was it homegrown, but I can safely say because of its story line and cultural identity was, and still is a cult classic here in South Africa for many kids of the 90’s.
Four corners on the other hand is fresh and is about Cape Town gang culture – A 28-gang member (Brendan Daniels) determined to take back his own and a 26-gang member (Irshaad Ally) who doesn’t follow the rules. Read more here… Four Corners Film ReviewShare this post… Like and comment on our FB page Africas1st Film Blogto stand a chance to win an official autographed poster.