März 2011

 

WORLD WIDE CINEMA

Donnerstag 17.03.2011 19:00 | Saal

Eintritt: Frei

Veranstalter/-in: Werkstatt der Kulturen
Kurator/-in: J. Enoka Ayemba

Produktion

AFRO DIGITAL

uGugu no Andile (Gugu and Andile)
Spielfilm, R: Minky Schlesinger, ZA 2008,
96 Min., OV

Südafrika 1993: Der 18jährige Xoxa-Junge Gugu (Lungelo Dhladhla) und die 16jährige Andile (Litha Booi), eine Zulu, verlieben sich ineinander. Vor dem Hintergrund des Endes der Apartheid und der Konflikte zweier Clans, erzählt dieser Film in Anlehnung an Shakespeares„Romeo & Julia“ die Geschichte einer gefährdeten, ersten jungen Liebe.

Two youngsters find a common bond despite their different heritage in this drama from director Minky Schlesinger. In 1993, South Africa is on the verge of throwing off apartheid, but freedom is still just a faint promise on the horizon, and infighting between the various townships is often brutal and violent as long-standing tribal rivalries are played out. Gugu (Lungelo Dhladhla) is an eighteen-year-old boy of Xhosa heritage who meets Andile (Litha Booi), a girl of sixteen who is Zulu. Despite their differences, Gugu and Andile become infatuated with one another, and they fall under the influence of the heady joys of first love. But while the teenagers are able to ignore the offenses of the past, their families cannot, and their romance fans the flames between people on both sides of the tribal divide. Originally produced for television, Gugu and Andile later received a theatrical release and was an official selection at the 2010 Rotterdam International Film Festival.

uGugu no Andile (Gugu and Andile) is a South African mini-series adapted from Romeo and Juliet by Minky Schlesinger and Lodi Matsetela as part of the SABC1 "Shakespeare in Mzansi" strand, a collection of mini-series which contemporise various works of Shakespeare into a South African context.

When two passionate young people from opposite sides of the political divide fall in love in war-torn Thokoza, they must risk life and limb to be together. It is only through their tragic deaths that a conflicted community begins to heal.

uGugu no Andile is a love-story set against the backdrop of the war that raged through South Africa's townships in the early 1990s. It tells the tale of two star-crossed lovers, unlucky enough to be born into families on opposite sides of the political and cultural divide.

Gugu, a sweet and innocent 16-year old, comes from a Zulu-speaking family, while Andile, 18 and equally ready for love, comes from a family steeped in the Xhosa tradition.

It is 1993, a year before the first democratic elections, and the township of Thokoza is a hotbed of political violence, carved up between supporters of the two main political parties. Young people have become hardened survivors of battle.

Although many schoolchildren are actively engaged in the war, our heroine has no interest in politics. Gugu's passion is for drum majorettes and the ordinary pursuits of teenage life. Firmly under the protective wing of her mother, Gugu is ready to break out.

Things are set in motion when she meets Andile, an attractive and confident youth, a genuine romantic with a reputation as a player when it comes to the girls.

Like Gugu, Andile has no interest in politics. His particular focus is social photography, from which he makes a modest living. Andile is seldom without the camera bought for him by doting parents - parents who could never have anticipated the dire consequences of their loving gift.

In the tradition of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, the protagonists meet and fall in love at first sight, unable to resist the power of the attraction between them. This is first love at its most powerful, and the bond between the lovers is unbreakable.

It is a bond, however, that is thoroughly disapproved of by the rest of the community. In the prevailing climate it is forbidden for two people from such different backgrounds to form a connection.

Gugu and Andile, although aware of the dangers, trust that love will conquer all. Unfortunately this is not to be. Death lies around every corner in Thokoza.

Accusations of treason and treachery are on the people's lips, and AK47s and well-sharpened machetes are in the hands of impulsive youth. Young men with cameras, able to record the actions of others, are at a premium.

The war, with its cultural differences and associated political allegiances, encroaches on Gugu and Andile's lives and, in spite of their resistance, they become deeply embroiled.

As in the original Romeo and Juliet, they will both lose loved ones and go through flame and fire for the sake of their love.

After the elections of 1994 the miracle of reconciliation will happen in South Africa, but Gugu and Andile will not be there to see it.

Reconciliation is a miracle that requires constant renewal...

Gefördert aus Mitteln des BMZ, des Evangelischen Entwicklungsdienstes und des Katholischen Fonds.