CLUB 18+103 min

Director: Oliver Schmitz Starring:Thomas Mogotlane, Peter Se-Puma, Dolly Rathebe Released:Sat 27 Apr 2024


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.

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 (Mogotlane), 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.

Presented by Cinema Africa! and Maona Art, supported by Independent Cinema Office and What The Hero Wants, and funded by BFI Audience Projects Fund.

Movies & news in your inbox

Sign up now