A true classic of guerrilla filmmaking, Mapantsula is now available to watch in stunning 4K after years of suppression, marking the 30th anniversary of South African Freedom Day in April 2024. This screening will be preceded by a short archival interview with actor and co-writer Thomas Mogotlane, recorded in 1990 and reflecting on the film’s production two years earlier. Director Oliver Schmitz worked closely with co-writer and lead actor Thomas Mogotlane, to produce a film under extreme censorship, and by evasion of the authorities, they bravely created a radical and rare anti-apartheid feature film. Mapantsula tells the story of Panic, a small-time hood who believes he sees all the angles. But he is soon in the web of the authorities, pushed to betray the revolutionaries fighting for change. More than a gripping crime story, Mapantsula is an almost miraculous opportunity to understand South Africa from within during its struggle for freedom, centred on the choices offered to Panic by a system set out to dehumanise him. Vital, humane and unvarnished, this is the time to reckon with Mapantsula. In English and Zulu with English subtitlesCrimePT1H44M152024-04-25
Thomas Mogotlane
Marcel Van Heerden
Thembi Mtshali
Oliver Schmitz
Oliver Schmitz
Max Montocchio


April 25, 8:00 pm