Movie: Mapantsula (Hustler)

MapantsulaMapantsula (Hustler)

 Monday, January 21st @ 7:00 PM

Alphabet City, 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh, 15212

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Written by:   Oliver Schmitz & Thomas Mogotlane  
Director:  Oliver Schmitz
Country:  South Africa    Genre:  Drama         Length:  100 Minutes
Languages:  Afrikaans, English, Sotho and Zulu with English Subtitles
Winner:  Un Certain Regard, Cannes Film Festival, 1988

Praise:  I think Mapantsula was one of the movies ever made about the struggle against oppression.Sam Diener, Film Critic


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 he 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. 

Thomas Mogotlane, who co-wrote Mapantsula, stars as the main character Pa