South Africa/2015/Xhosa/90 mins

Director: Mark Dornford-May

Following the critical and commercial success of U-Carmen eKhayelitsha (2005) and Son of Man(2006) husband and wife team Pauline Malefane and Mark Dornford-May have turned theirattentions to a topical reworking of Puccini’s classic opera La bohème. Returning to the Xhosatownship of Khayelitsha, Malefane plays the jazz diva Zoleka, the inadvertent downfall of optimisticyoung art students Lungelo, Mandisi (Zoleka’s lover), Sizwe and Xolile. Busisiwe Ngeiane stars as thetuberculosis-suffering botany student Mimi, whom Lungelo falls passionately in love with. Malefaneand Dornford-May clearly wish to highlight the scourge that is tuberculosis, a disease that wreaksdevastation among the impoverished populations of the South African townships. In this engagingand powerful musical the tragedy of the disease is shown to be the neglectful manner in whichsufferers are treated.

The film is part of BFI’s ‘LOVE’ season

Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff: 21st November from 8.30pm  Book Tickets#


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