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Stickfighter versus 'Knuckles' the boxer

By unknown | May 06, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Gugu Sibiya

Gugu Sibiya

After a lot of hoo-ha about local film-makers not making any attempt to tell our stories, some patriotic industry players have risen to the challenge.

The result is Intonga, a short Xhosa film that was shot in Mdantsane. The beauty of it is that it's going to be released nationally at Numetro Films on June 12.

Borrowing heavily from tradition, the film is based on a heart-warming story of Siviwe, a young stickfighter from Fort Beaufort.

Like most of his peers, his is a fight for acceptance when he and his mother move to the city after his father's death.

He gets into trouble when the girlfriend of a local boxing champion nicknamed "Knuckles" shows interest in him.

After many confrontations with "Knuckles", Siviwe decides to take him on in his own game, boxing, with the help of a local priest and a trainer.

They guide him on his journey into the unfamiliar world of boxing.

It's a simple and beautiful African story full of love, confrontations, stunning scenery and many valuable life lessons that will entertain the whole family.

The film was shot on location in Mdantsane and Fort Beaufort. No sets were built as authenticity was key, and with careful planning, the stunning natural winter sunlight of the area contributes to the look of the film.

The process of mixing students with an experienced cast and crew proved to be very successful and they all left the production with more experience than what they may have gained in the industry in a long time.

Intonga is a joint venture between Swayani Films and Cape Peninsula University of Technology, featuring the likes of World Boxing Federation world champion Zolani Tete, Balekile Sam, Mandisi Mkile and Dudu Bungu.


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