KALUSHI: THE STORY OF SOLOMON MAHLANGU
This is the true story of Solomon Mahlangu, a 19-year-old street salesman from Mamelodi, a ghetto township outside Pretoria in the Gauteng Province of South Africa. After being brutally beaten by apartheid police during the 1976 Soweto uprisings, Solomon (Thabo Rametsi) goes into exile and joins the liberation movement, enrolling in military training in Angola. En route to Johannesburg after completion of his training, his fellow soldier and friend Mondi (Thabo Malema) accidentally provokes a shooting on the streets, killing two innocent civilians and sending the men to trial. Although Mahlangu did not commit the shooting, the state seeks the highest punishment from the court: death by hanging. A hero of the struggle against apartheid, Mahlangu would become an international icon of South Africa's liberation. With a crew and cast consisting solely of South African citizens — a rare occurrence in movies about apartheid — KALUSHI is an examination of grief as well as an historical illustration of political persecution. (Note adapted from Seattle International Film Festival.) Winner, Chairman's Award, 2017 Zanzibar International Film Festival; Best Film, 2017 Luxor African Film Festival. Official Selection, 2017 Seattle, Durban, Camerimage and New York African film festivals. DIR/SCR Mandla Dube; SCR Leon Otto; PROD Walter Ayres, Mandlakayise Walter Dube. South Africa, 2017, color, 107 min. In English, Afrikaans and Tsotsi-taal with English subtitles. NOT RATED
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