Rave & Resistance

The Birth of Club Culture in 90s Johannesburg

Director Zandile Tisani


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  • event type:WOMEX 20 Market Screening
  • date:15 Oct 2020 - 25 Oct 2020
  • time:12:00 - 00:00
  • venue:Online
  • event posted by:Piranha Arts


This film was available online to stream from 15 - 25 October 2020 for WOMEX 20 Digital Participants only.

Directed by Zandile Tisani
43mins | South Africa, 2019 | English with English subtitles

The story of South Africa is a story of polarity, opposites, and contradictions. The same can be said about the music. The early '90s marked a period of rapid change and social upheaval - apartheid was dying but the New South Africa had yet to be born. On both sides of the colour line, artists and outsiders began looking for a way to articulate this new identity. Within the township young black kids were finding a way to voice their experience in a way that had never been done before, while white people struggling with their privilege were looking at ways to connect with a world they had been separated from. These two worlds would collide in abandoned buildings in the inner city and mega bashes in the townships. Their combined efforts would produce a sound that would help this country forge its identity and become significant across the world.

Zandile Tisani marries a strong understanding of narrative with a commitment to powerful imagery. She moved into directing with Zaki Ibrahim's Go Widdit music video followed up by films such as Heroes, Highlands and Style Diary: Yeovillewhich showcase the strong sense of place in all her work. The Mail and Guardian included her in their 200 Young South Africans feature in 2018.

Produced by The Swank Group
Producer Allison Swank
Director of Photography Tom Revington
Sound Field Sound
Editor Khalid Shamis
Music by Jumping Back Slash
Film Contact Allison Swank

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