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15 Ratings


Directed by Oliver Schmitz
South Africa, 1988


Tells the story of Panic, a petty gangster who inevitably becomes caught up in the growing anti-apartheid struggle and has to choose between individual gain and a united stand against the system.

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Mapantsula Directed by Oliver Schmitz

Critics reviews

Director and co-writer Oliver Schmitz constructs a complex story whose protagonist is Panic (Thomas Mogotlane), a gangster with an individualistic philosophy, who survives on petty thievery… Taking up the conversation initiated by Lionel Rogosin in Come Back, Africa three decades earlier, what Mapantsula aims to depict is that precious moment in which an individual gains a sense of identity, and awakens to political and social consciousness.
August 30, 2015
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