Sembène Film Festival: Mapantsula (South Africa)

Monday, January 21, 2019 @ 7 p.m. - 9 p.m
Free RSVP 2019-01-21 7 p.m. 2019-01-21 9 p.m America/New_York Sembène Film Festival: Mapantsula (South Africa) 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

Join us for a screening of Mapantsula (Hustlerpresented by Sembène–The Film & Art Festival(This film will be presented in Afrikaans, English, Sotho and Zulu with English subtitles.)


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.  

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.’  Thomas Mogotlane, who co-wrote Mapantsula, stars as the main character Panic.



Sembène – The Film & Art Festival – is a group of scholars, activists and film aficionados. Our mission is to celebrate the life, showcase the work and honor the legacy of African Filmmaker Ousmane Sembene, through film and other complementary cultural events.

The Festival serves both as a vehicle and catalyst: to honor the life, work and legacy of Ousmane Sembene and to showcase film makers and other art/cultural events that speak, unflinchingly, to the important issues facing the modern African Diaspora.

Event Details

January 21, 2019 @ 7 p.m. - 9 p.m
40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

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