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by Khalo Matabane


In South Africa, people like Bobedi, are called “Black Diamonds”. At the age of 35, Bobedi, a black man who has made his way up from extremely poor conditions, becomes the head of one of the mining companies Johannesburg owes its wealth to. But the climax of his glowing career also becomes a turning point in his life: A masked burglar murders his wife Joy right before his eyes, with a pool of blood spreading through their apartment’s designer elegance. In his search for the murderer, thirsty for revenge, Bobedi gradually loses grip on his nouveau riche life as his tracks lead him back to the infamous township of Alexandra where his past catches up and takes hold of him.

international title: State of Violence
original title: State of Violence
country: France, South Africa
sales agent: Pyramide International
year: 2010
genre: fiction
directed by: Khalo Matabane
film run: 79'
screenplay: Khalo Matabane
cast: Fana Mokoena, Presley Chweneyagae, Neo Ntlatleng, Lindi Matshikiza, Vusi Kunene, Harriet Manamela, Mary Twala
cinematography by: Matthys Mocke
film editing: Audrey Maurion
art director: Carlu Portwig
costumes designer: Maureen Shezi
producer: Diana Elbaum, Sébastien Delloye
production: Liaison cinématographique, Dv8 Films (ZA)
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