Punk in Africa

  • 82'
  • South Africa
  • 2011
While young people in the West started to free themselves from traditional authoritarian power relations in the early 1960s and to make the acquaintance of rock ‘n’ roll and later long hair and punk, in South Africa the institutionalised racism of Apartheid still existed. With the advent of punk music in the mid-1970s, for the first time there was a home-grown youth culture and an opportunity to resist oppressive regimes.
Punk in Africa tells the story of punk in South Africa and how it spread to Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Kenya and played a role there in the political struggle. We get to see the most important bands and the legendary venues where they played, but also the evolution of punk music and the influence it had on modern South African bands. In the wings of the many tumultuous concerts, the documentary tells an alternative history of South Africa in the last 40 years, a story unknown to many.

Directors
Keith Jones, Deon Maas
Premiere
European premiere
Countries of production
South Africa, Czech Republic
Production Year
2011
Festival Edition
IFFR 2012
Length
82'
Medium
HDcam
Languages
English, Afrikaans, Portuguese
Producers
Jefe Brown, Deon Maas
Production Companies
U.F.O. Pictures, Meerkat Media
Sales
Rise and Shine
Screenplay
Keith Jones
Cinematography
Gary Griffin
Editor
Andrew Wills
Sound Design
Jonathan Chiles, Jirí Suchánek