1948 (film)

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Film

1948 is a feature film directed by American Constitutional attorney and film director Ken Sibanda[1][2] in 2017.[3][4][5] It is one of a few feature films written and directed by an African born director dealing with Apartheid South Africa, and based on his play The Tragic Circumstances of 1948.[6][7][8] The feature is Ken Sibanda's directorial debut.

Most films on South African Apartheid have been directed by Caucasian directors born out of Africa or of European descent including, Cry Freedom by Richard Attenborough.[9] While others have been directed by non-African blacks such as Euzhan Palcy (French) and Kevin Hooks (African American) or other British subjects such as Justin Chadwick. Palcy's A Dry White Season was also written by white South African writer – Andre Brink, while Cry Freedom was written by white South African anti-apartheid journalist Donald Woods. Cry the Beloved Country and Tsotsi were written by famed white South African writer Alan Paton.

Plot

T1948 tells the story of a cafe owner, Tony Mzila, (fictitious) who is persecuted after the historic election of the National Party in 1948 South Africa. An election which brought the National Party to power, which eventually would hand over power to Nelson Mandela's African National Congress. Ken Sibanda is a Constitutional lawyer and film director, who first came to notice with his science fiction novel – The Return to Gibraltar, in 2011.[10] 1948, is to be followed by - Guns of Apartheid.[11] And the final conclusion - Jogintaba ( Seer of the Mountain ).

Ken Sibanda at Elis Island, New York 2007

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