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Asinamali  4470
‘Asinamali’ - A group of South African prisoners is lead by activist Comrade Washington to put on a variety show behind bars. Discover their interwoven stories.

Release date: Fri 3 Aug 2018
Running time:105 (1h45’)
Age restriction:16 L P SV V

Comrade Washington, a black struggle activist, returns to South Africa. His mission: to work with convicts to create a musical play. Their interwoven stories emerge all the way from the Lamontville rent strikes of 1983. Through personal testimony, song, and dance, the prisoners find resilience, liberation, and forgiveness. The forces of resistance are represented by singer-activist Soweto. They all face the cruel wrath of the prison authorities as the play comes together, and it culminates in a performance for a stunned audience of their oppressors. The inmates tell their stories, claim their history, and dance back their identity.

Genre: Drama
Cast: Danica De La Rey,Mbongeni Ngema, Boitumelo Shisana, Luzuko Nqeto, Tertius Meintjies, Sbu Ngema, Gerhard Rudolf, Dikeledi Letebele, Sibusiso Kotelo, Bhekithemba Zwane, Moses Mahlangu, Kere Nyawo, Congo Hadebe
Gerard Rudolph, Dikeledi Letebele, Sibusiso Kotelo, Bhekithemba Zwane, Moses Mahlangu, Kere Nwayo, Congo Hadebe
Directed by: Mbongeni Ngema
Screenplay: Mbongeni Ngema
Music: Chris Letcher, Mbongeni Ngema
Produced by: Darrell Roodt, Christianne Bennetto, Thandekile Mqadi
Language: Zulu
Country / Year: South Africa,  2017

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The film is based on the seminal musical play of the same name and features an original soundtrack by Ngema. His storytelling style combines elements of African culture with those of Magic Realism, the West and modernity. The film is a testimony to Ngema’s artistic genius.