Trailer – South African film of the year “Necktie Youth”, directed by Sibs Shongwe-La Mer

[ 0 ] December 29, 2015 |

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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.

Country: South Africa
Running time: 1hr 33min
Studio: Urucu Media
Written and Directed by: Sibs Shongwe-La Mer
Film Cast: Bonko Cosmo, Sibs Shongwe-La Mer, Colleen Balchin, Kamogelo Moloi, Emma Tollman, Jonathan Young, Giovanna Winetzki, Ricci-Lee Kalish, Michael Hall 
Produced by: Elias Ribeiro and John Trengove.
Associate Producer: Nicole Kitt.
Sibs Shongwe-La Mer won the prestigious South African “Director Of The Year” 2015 award for Necktie Youth.

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