Gugs’ cowboy movie

2017-05-11 06:02
Simamnkele Cubungu, Lunwabo Bukwani and Iman Jamjam during a scene of Gugulethu’s first CowBoy Film Red Soil.

Simamnkele Cubungu, Lunwabo Bukwani and Iman Jamjam during a scene of Gugulethu’s first CowBoy Film Red Soil.

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Gugulethu’s budding filmmakers have released the first cowboy film ever, but, be warned, the film is not just about the action.

Sinazo Kopolo, Athi JamJam, Xola Maswana and Hendrick Louw are the producers behind Red Soil, a cowboy movie whose storyline is more about social justice.

According to the Afda graduates, the movie is to raise awareness of domestic abuse and gun violence in the townships.

“The story is set around a young boy who is crazy about cowboys. He witnesses abuse at his friend’s home and decides to do something about it. This then leads to him a stand-off with a character who is feared by everyone in the community,” said JamJam.

In the 25 minutes long film, domestic abuse, exposure of children to firearms and violence take centre-stage.

“We wanted to relay the message that people shouldn’t remain in abusive relationships as well as(live under) gun violence being a major problem in the townships. We did not want to illustrate it the way that everyone else has, which thats why we made it a cowboy movie in the townships,” he said.

The cast comprises professional actors like Given Mkhondo, Nolitha Ntshanti as well as amatuers such as Iman Jamjam who played the lead role of the young boy.

“The biggest challanges was using amateur actors who needed a while to get into the groove as well as lack of funding.

However, we believe that we have made a good product,” he explained.

Jamjam said that they have submitted the film for flighting in various film festivals and they are hoping to have the same response they received when the movie premiered for public viewing.

“We received very good reception on our very first showing at The Labia Theatre in town. We are working towards making the first viewing in Gugulethu. Right now we just want to show in as many film festivals we can show then we can consider television,” he said.

This was the group’s first film but Jamjam says it won’t be the last. “The aim is to create more content from out townships. We are looking at producing musicals and drama but more importantly we want to showcase other things that are happening in the townships,” he said.

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