South African documentary wins at Tribeca Film festival

Mthuthuzeli Stoan Galela, the Mover. (Photo supplied: City of Cape Town)
Mthuthuzeli Stoan Galela, the Mover. (Photo supplied: City of Cape Town)

The South African documentary film My Father The Mover won Best Documentary Short at the Tribeca Film Festival.

The winners for the 19th edition of the annual festival were announced on 29 April on Instagram due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The documentary by South African-born Julia Jansch, a writer/director/producer who is now based in New York but grew up on the Atlantic Seaboard, tells the story of 32-year-old single father Mthuthuzeli Stoan Galela, the Mover.

Stoan offers movement and dance classes in Khayelitsha using African electronic "Gqom" dance and has helped many children to rise above the hardship of township life through dance.

My Father The Mover takes viewers on an exploration of Gqom dance and movement and introduces the audience to the vital work of Stoan and his United Township Dancers.

The documentary has also been selected to screen at four Oscar-qualifying festivals.


Compiled by Leandra Engelbrecht

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