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FOOLS - RAMADAN SULEMAN
fools
south africa
a film by  RAMADAN SULEMAN film 90'
in English, Afrikaans, Zulu - subtitled in French / in English - 35mm / beta num-sp pal 16/9 stereo / beta num-sp pal 4/3 stereo - ©photography: Cedric Nunn
Charterston Township 1990. Professor Zamani is respected in the township. To be sure, he once raped one of his students but the community turned a blind eye. Zamani used to rail against the apartheid system but those days are long gone. Now he teaches South African history in the Afrikaner language and grudgingly organizes the picnic for National Day, which commemorates the Boers' massacre of the Zulu nation... When Zani, the rape victim's brother,
returns from Swaziland where he won a place in school, he is determined to change everything. In the small hours, in the waiting room at Johannesburg station, he runs into Prof. Zamani, who's spent the night on the town. They travel back together to the harsh reality of the township. In due course, Zamani regains some of his pride and Zani, inevitably, loses some of his...under the gaze of the women, who never renounced their dignity.
director RAMADAN SULEMAN - authors RAMADAN SULEMAN, PETERSON BHEKIZIZWE - producer JACQUES BIDOU - productions JBA PRODUCTION, NATIVES AT LARGE, EBANO MULTIMEDIA, FRAMEWORK INTERNATIONAL, M-NET - PATRICK SHAI, DAMBISA KENTE, HLOMLA DANDALA, THEMBI SEETE, OWEN SEJAKE, VUSI KENNENE - image JACQUES BOUQUIN - sound PHILIPPE SENECHAL - music RAY PHIRI - year of production 1997 - RPCA 87 316
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"Toronto Festival" (Canada 1998)
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