Next Future logo

When We Were Black

Khalo Matabane

South Africa

2006, colour, 240 min.

23 Jun 2010 - 22:00 | 24 Jun 2010 - 22:00

Open-Air Amphitheatre

In his mini-series, the South African director Khalo Matabane (b. 1975) tells us the story of a black teenager who falls in love with a young political activist. In order to win over her affection, he enters into the world of the revolutionary struggle against apartheid. 

His political involvement results in his premature death, on 16 June 1976, a symbolic date for the black South African community. Through this narrative, the series leads us both into the environment of the anti-apartheid struggle and into the social and political environment of South African fashion and thought, expressed in the streets of Soweto by youngsters wearing shiny patent leather shoes and bright and shiny trousers, dancing to the sound of the Teenage Lovers, the Beaters, the Movers and the Flaming Souls, as well as Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and Aretha Franklin. With Afro hairstyles and the slogan “I’m Black and I’m Proud”. The series was selected for inclusion in the Special Screenings at INPUT 2007, in Switzerland, and it has won seven awards, including that of the best TV drama series and best director at the South African Film and TV awards.

This film is composed of a series of four episodes, each lasting 48 minutes. In view of its length, it will be shown over two days.