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bi'bakino #50

MAN ON GROUND

Thursday 01.03.2018 at 8pm
Screening followed by a Q&A with the director Akin Omotoso

Ade is a successful banker in London, while his half-brother Femi, as a political dissident, had to escape from Nigeria to South Africa where he ekes out an existence in the townships of Johannesburg. Since the early days of their youth, the two brothers’ relationship has been distanced and ridden with unspoken betrayal, guilt and scorn. During a short visit to Johannesburg, Ade discovers that Femi has been missing for a week and so he sets out to investigate. His search leads him to Femi’s boss Timothi, who is reluctant to answer his questions. When a riot erupts, Ade and Timothi are forced to spend the night together in Timothi’s office. The mounting violence outside seeps into their exchanges and eventually prompts an explosive revelation about Femi.

This film was inspired by a wave of xenophobic attacks in May 2008 which led to the tragic death of Mozambican Ernesto Nhamuave. Akin Omotoso creates with his film MAN ON GROUND convincing narratives about the conflicts between South Africans and Migrants in Post-Apartheid-South Africa.

Director: Akin Omotoso, South Africa 2011
OV with English Subtitles, 80 min.