Join us for a screening of Akin Omotoso‘s film, Man on Ground, followed by a conversation between Omotoso and Aryan Kaganof.
Friday 24 February, 19h00 till 22h00 at the Gugu s’Thebe Arts and Culture Centre, cnr Washington and Church Street, Langa. Free Entry
“There are three sides to every story. His. Mine. And the truth.”
– Ade (Hakeem Kae-Kazim)
Man on Ground is a drama structured as a thriller to expose the complexities that inform the personal and public navigations of a place called home. Written and directed by Johannesburg-based filmmaker Akin Omotoso, Man on Ground follows the estranged relationship of expatriate Nigerian brothers, London based Ade (Hakeem Kae-Kazim) and South African based Femi (Fabian Adeoye Lojede). Ade, upon discovering Femi’s disappearance on a trip to South Africa, ventures to solve the mystery of his brother’s vanishing against the backdrop of escalating xenophobic violence.
Starring a stellar cast including Hakeem Kae-Kazim, Fana Mokoena, Fabian Adeoye Lojede, Makhaola Ndebele and Bubu Mazibuko, Man on Ground has featured at prestigious international film festivals such as the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and 8th Dubai International Film Festival.
Cinematographer: Paul Michelson; Editor: Aryan Kaganof; Sound: President Kapa; Music: Amu; Country: South Africa; Year: 2011; Language: English, Yoruba, Sotho, Zulu; Runtime: 90 minutes
For more, read Chimurenga in conversation with Akin Omotoso in the Mail & Guardian.
The screening is part of a conversation begun in Chimurenga’s latest publication, The Chimurenga Chronic. Backdated to the week of May 18-24 2008, the period marked by the outbreak of so-called xenophobic violence in South Africa, The Chimurenga Chronic seeks to provide an alternative to mainstream representations of history, on the one hand filling the gap in the historical coverage of this event, whilst at the same time reopening it. The objective is not to revisit the past to bring about closure, but rather to provoke and challenge our perceptions. More here.