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Released Fri 18 Aug, 2023
Running time:105 (1h45')
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‘Mapantsula’ landscape poster

‘Mapantsula’ is a 1988 South African film. It is widely considered as the first anti-apartheid film and tells the story of 'Panic', a small-time thief, set against the backdrop of Apartheid. The film's use of flashbacks between Panic's time at the hands of his apartheid jailor 'Stander' and happenings in the Johannesburg township of Soweto display the injustices black South Africans suffered during apartheid and their struggle for suffrage.

Genre: Drama
Cast: Thomas Mogotlane, Marcel Van Heerden, Thembi Mtshali, Dolly Rathebe
Directed by: Oliver Schmitz
Music: The Ouens
Produced by: David Hannay, Max Montocchio
Language: English, Zulu
Country / Year: South Africa,  1988

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Mapantsula, an African Classic, co-written and directed by Oliver Schmitz, along with Thomas Mogotlane was restored for a new era. With the film's 4K restoration, a whole new generation is set to re-discover the film