Portrait of a Young Man Drowning

Director: Teboho Mahlatsi
Country: South Africa
Year: 1998
Running Time: 11 min.
Language: English

In a tough urban township, a killer seeks redemption and finds that his community is not willing to accept his desire to change.

With his side bleeding, a man called Shadow limps through a black and white landscape of burned out buildings, funeral processions, and memories that are in color. He wants to bathe, to clean his wound, but he finds no one willing to let him use their water.

About the Director

Teboho Mahlatsi

Biography: Born in 1974, Teboho Mahlatsi graduated from the Africa Cultural Centre Film & Television Course and then spent five years working as a screenwriter. He has written, produced and directed many projects, including the documentary Ghetto Diaries for the South African educational channel SABC Education TV, and the highly controversial television series Yizo Yizo, winning Best Director and Best Drama series at the Avanti awards (South Africa’s equivalent to the Emmys). His short film Portrait of a Young Man Drowning won the Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival in 1999. The following year he completed a short television series, Ungshaya Ding Dong. Mahlatsi’s other works include A-Z – A Commentary on Post-Apartheid South Africa (2001) and Meokgo and the Stick Fighter (Sekalli le Meokgo – 2006). In addition, he has directed numerous music videos.

(Sources:
– AFF, Inc.
http://www.culturebase.net/artist.php?27)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Portrait of a Young Man Drowning (2000);
A-Z – A Commentary on Post-Apartheid South Africa (2002);
Meokgo and the Stick Fighter [Sekalli le Meokgo] (2007).

Filmography:
Portrait of a Young Man Drowning (1999);
Ungshaya Ding Dong (2000);
A-Z – A Commentary on Post-Apartheid South Africa (2001);
Yizo Yizo (2004);
Meokgo and the Stick Fighter [Sekalli le Meokgo] (2006);
Shuga (2009-2012).