NECKTIE YOUTH

By Sibs SHONGWE-LA MER

URUCU MEDIA - as PROD / FIN

Drama - Completed 2015

Haunted by the memory of Emily, a girl who live-streamed her suicide one year ago, Jabz and his best friend September go on a drug-fueled joyride through the affluent suburbs of Johannesburg.

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Berlinale - EFM 2015
Panorama
    • Year of production
    • 2015
    • Genres
    • Drama
    • Countries
    • SOUTH AFRICA, NETHERLANDS
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH, ZULU
    • Duration
    • 90 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Sibs SHONGWE-LA MER
    • Writer(s)
    • Sibs SHONGWE-LA MER
    • Producer(s)
    • Elias RIBEIRO (Urucu Media), John TRENGOVE (Urucu Media)
    • Synopsis
    • On the anniversary of the violent Soweto youth uprising of June 16th 1976, a group of adolescent friends living in the city of Johannesburg are shocked by the live-streamed suicide of a young girl in her parents’ home. A year after the incident, Jabz and his best friend September, rummage through Johannesburg in search of answers, drugs, distraction and salvation. The suicide stained their youth forcing them to examine the city that surrounds them as well as their own lives. Under the hood of Jabz’s fathers jaguar, the two attempt to reacquaint themselves with the carefree hopefulness of their high school years. Jabz realising that the passionate Johannesburg he remembered existing not so long ago has slowly shifted into the visage of a conflict zone in his mind. Somehow trying to make sense of why the friends he loves need to die. Somewhere in the north are beautiful girls and moments much better that tower over the silent anguish that threatens to engulf them. With a bottle, a pack of cigarettes and their parents platinum American Express cards, the boys attempt to find the loving humanity buried under the stacks of mini malls and dilapidated buildings that decorate their scenario.
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