In Cape Town, South Africa, one of the world’s most violent and unequal societies, a young white film student sets out with his cameraman to make a “gangster film,” with real gangsters. After a lengthy search for a suitably ‘cinematic’ character, he finds the perfect gang and settles into their everyday rhythm. The reality soon catches up and the claustrophobic gangster life doesn’t exactly fit to the expectations.
Twenty years after the first democratic election, South Africa remains a deeply divided society, one in which dialogue and understanding seem impossible and out of reach. Gangster Project crosses the line between fiction and reality, where real truths are revealed and fiction stops being fiction, and when it stops mattering. The film, directed by Teboho Edkins, was completed in 2011 and was subsequently premiered at the Marseille International Film Festival 2011.
with: Thurston Moses, Tammy Miosha Rass, Teboho Edkins, Ralf ‘Jackals’ Peterson, Yousi, Ouma, Nasheed, Nathen ‘Snap’ Louw & Gang, Mr. Jackson, Kevin ‘Kuifie’ and Friends & the Kids at Fire
Camera: Jide Tom Akinleminu
Director: Teboho Edkins
Editor: Rune Schweitzer
Screenplay: François-Xavier Drouet, Teboho Edkins