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TIFFBased on a true story, John Kepe was an Apartheid-era folk hero who proclaimed himself the  “Samson of the Boschberg.” For decades, Kepe stole livestock and other goods from white colonist farmers and shared his spoils with the impoverished Indigenous population. He inevitably became a political threat to the very fabric of the ruling colonial society. He escaped capture for 12 years before he was brought before a court and sentenced to death for a murder that he might or might not have committed. Sew the Winter to My Skin is a keenly observed epic-adventure drama that captures the horrors of South Africa’s racist colonial regime. Rejecting dialog, Jahmil X.T. Qubeka relies on an immersive score and visual cues and through his evocative formal choices, probes, as he says, "mankind’s inherent need to feed into mythologies that conveniently suit the order of the day."

Subjects: African Studies, African Cinema, World Cinema

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Production companies: Die Gesellschaft DGS, Yellowbone Entertainment
Cast: Ezra Mabengeza, Peter Kurth, Kandyse McClure, Bok van Blerk. Zolisa Xaluva
Director-screenwriter: Jahmil X.T. Qubeka
Cinematographer: Jonathan Kovel
Editor: Layla Swart
Producers: Layla Swart, Michael Henrichs
Art director: Emelia Weavind
Costume designer: Pierre Vienings
Music: Braam du Toit
Runtime: 118 minutes 
Year: 2018