This short film by Jake Sumner showcases life-long dancers Jabu and JR from Soweto, South Africa, who bring their own comedic twist to the pantsula dance. Filmed on Vilakazi Street in Soweto, famous for not one but two Nobel Peace Prize laureates: Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the late Nelson Mandela. This dance become somewhat of a cultural marker, moving it’s way through the 1950’s and 60’s in response to forced removals by the Apartheid government. By the 80’s it had spread across South Africa, practiced by both men and women alike, as a way of bringing attention to the social issues of the time.
Today this dance is popular across many communities in South Africa and has given birth to many new styles, as represented in this film.
Directed by Jake Sumner
Music by The Movers
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