Fiche Film
LONG Métrage | 2009
Silver Fez (The)
Pays concerné : Afrique du Sud
Durée : 87 minutes
Genre : musical
Type : documentaire


Un regard captivant sur l’intense rivalité qui sévit au sein de la scène musicale malaisienne au Cap.


Once upon a time in a city at the end of Africa, two men were possessed by a dream that could come true for only one of them. Kaatji Davids was a house painter with barely two cents to rub together. But he did have an old banjo, some loyal friends and the audacity to imagine he might be the one to topple Hadji Bucks, the undisputed champion of Cape Malay music.
The prize was the Silver Fez, Holy Grail of Cape Town’s Islamic subculture. The campaign involved a cast of thousands and a staggering array of skills, the most sacred of which was the singing of an ancient music that arrived in the Cape on slave ships. Kaatji laboured day and night, driven by dreams of glory and, in the end, by pain. Hadji Bucks had limitless resources and he used them to lure Kaatji’s best friend into changing sides. After that it wasn’t
just about music, it was about revenge.

South Africa 2009, English and Afrikaans with English subtitles, Video, 87 min
Director: Lloyd Ross
Cinematography: Lloyd Ross
Print Source: Lloyd Ross



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