Movie: Mapantsula (Hustler)


Mapantsula (Hustler)

Saturday, April 1st 1:30 PM (Doors Open @ 12:30 PM

Carnegie Library of PGH – Homewood

7101 Hamilton Ave., PGH 15208

All Seats –  $5

Director:  Oliver Schmitz

Year:  1988      Country:  South Africa          Genre:  Drama   Length:  100 Minutes

Languages:  Afrikaans, English, Sotho and Zulu with English Subtitles


Synopsis (courtesy of

 Mapantsula was the first anti-apartheid feature film by, for and about black South Africans. Filmed inside Soweto, scored to the urban beat of “Township Jive,” Mapantsula has been called a South African The Harder They Come.’ 

Mapantsula 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.  Mapantsula will give viewers an insider’s tour of township life and a foretaste of the vibrant popular cinema promised by the new, democratic South Africa.