Kalushi : The Story of Solomon Mahlangu

Wednesday September 27, the Gala Opening of the Montreal Black Film Festival featured Kalushi – The Story of Solomon Mahlangu directed and produced by south African film-maker Mandla Dube. Ole Gjerstad and Doug Miller reviewed the film for Amandla listeners. A must see for the history and the excellent quality of the production and acting by an all South African cast. Doug also interviewed another South African film-maker, Joseph Oesi, who read a message from his friend, Mandla Dube, at the Gala about his goals and hopes for the film.

Trailer : http://montrealblackfilm.com/en/event/film-douverture-kalushi-2/

Film storyline:
Kalushi is a true story about nineteen-year-old Solomon Mahlangu, a hawker from the streets of Mamelodi—a ghetto township outside Pretoria, South Africa. He is brutally beaten by police. Following the 1976 Soweto uprisings, Kalushi exiles himself to join the liberation movement. He returns from military training in Angola en route to his mission, where his friend and comrade Mondy loses control and shoots two innocent people on Johannesburg’s Goch Street. Mondy is severely beaten and tortured; Kalushi is forced to stand trial under the common purpose doctrine. The state seeks the highest punishment from the court: death by hanging. Kalushi has his back against the wall and uses the courtroom as a final battlefield. His sacrifice immortalizes him into a hero of the struggle and an international icon of June 16, 1976.