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by Jahmil X.T. Qubeka


Set in South Africa's rural Great-Karoo region in the 1950's this epic existential-adventure film chronicles the exploits of the outlaw John Kepe and the various individuals his escapades affected. This Robin-hood-esque figure would steal primarily livestock from the white settler farmers, terrorizing them for over a decade. Led by the hardliner General Botha, a mammoth manhunt ensues in the very mountain where Kepe was rumored to occupy a Noah's Ark like cave. This spectacle ingratiated Kepe in the hearts of the marginalized indigenous-population who turn Kepe's miscreant deeds into the stuff of legend making him a threat to the very fabric of the colonial society. Sew the Winter to my Skin is a thrilling, operatic ride into the heart of Pre-Apartheid South Africa and is a visceral exploration of the effects of the colonial displacement that sewed the seeds for one of the most viciously racist, political regimes in history. 

international title: Sew the Winter to My Skin
original title: Sew the Winter to My Skin
country: South Africa, Germany
sales agent: Rushlake Media
year: 2018
genre: fiction
directed by: Jahmil X.T. Qubeka
film run: 118'
screenplay: Jahmil X.T. Qubeka
cast: Ezra Mabengeza, Peter Kurth, Kandyse McClure, Bok van Blerk, Zolisa Xaluva, Mandisa Nduna
cinematography by: Jonathan Kovel
film editing: Layla Swart
art director: Emelia Weavind
costumes designer: Pierre Vienings
music: Braam du Toit
producer: Layla Swart, Michael Henrichs
executive producer: William Smith, Maijang Mpherwane, Nikki Wilton, Sonya Swartz, Philisiwe Mthethwa, Hlengiwe Makhathini
production: Die Gesellschaft DGS, Yellowbone Entertainment (ZA)

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