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Gangster Backstage


Teboho Edkins
France, 2013

38'
English, Wolof
English, French


Synopsis


À l’occasion d’un casting pour un documentaire avec des gangsters à Cape Town, en Afrique du Sud, Teboho Edkins a demandé à certains gangsters de mettre en scène leur propre image. Dans un décor de salle de classe vide, les personnages racontent les avantages et les inconvénients d'une vie de hors la loi. Ils parlent aussi d'eux-mêmes par la représentation qu'ils se font de leurs peurs et de leurs rêves.

Festival du film documentaire de Saint-Louis du Sénégal

Tënk's film review


Making paper guns … as a follow-up to his first film "Gangster Project", Teboho Edkins continues to tackle the violence issue in Cape Town with "Gangster Backstage", getting inside the minds of a group of mobsters he met during a casting session. "How are you feeling today?" "Have you thought about where you’d like to be buried?": his intimate line of questioning leads him behind the bravado of these bad boys (and girls), slipping from their dark doings to the loneliness of their prison cells. He plays on their all-powerful street image to get closer to these outlaws and convey their sensitivity. A tour de force, that won the grand prix at the 2014 Saint-Louis Documentary Film Festival in Senegal.

A.M.

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filmmaker

Teboho Edkins

Teboho Edkins, born in the United States in 1980, grew up mainly in Lesotho, South Africa, but also in Germany. His art studies at the University of Cape Town were followed by a two-year post-graduate residency at Le Fresnoy, Studio National des Arts Contemporains (France), and then a film directing course at the Berlin Film and Television Academy (DFFB). His films, which have won awards at international festivals, have been shown on television and in museums.

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