Man on Ground

South Africa 2011. Director: Akin Omotoso
Cast: Hakeem Kae-Kazim, Fabian Adeoye Lojede, Fana Mokoena, Thishiwe Ziqubu, Makhaola Ndebele

In May 2008, Ernesto Nhamuave, a Mozambican immigrant living in an informal settlement outside Johannesburg, was burned alive as onlookers laughed. Inspired by true events, director Akin Omotoso structures this intensely personal narrative as a thriller. Ade (Hakeem Kae-Kazim), a Nigerian banker living in London, desperately searches for his missing brother amid the xenophobic tensions of South Africa's townships. With a committed cast and careful visual sensibility, Man on Ground is a gritty, passionate, and emotionally charged portrait, equal parts elegy and call to action. Colour, Blu-ray Disc, in English, Yoruba, Sotho, and Zulu with English subtitles. 80 mins.

Director in Attendance • Introduction + Q&A

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DIRECTOR BIO: Akin Omotoso was born in Ibadan, Nigeria, and studied drama at the University of Cape Town. While acting in several films including Blood Diamond and Shake Hands with the Devil, Omotoso distinguished himself as a director with a series of short films, including Jesus and the Giant (playing as part of Shorts Programme 1 in this series), and his first feature film God is African. Currently, Akin is working on a film about the life of Nigerian activist and environmental martyr Ken Saro-Wiwa.