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LONG Métrage | 2010
State of Violence
Pays concerné : Afrique du Sud
Support : Vidéo
Durée : 79 minutes
Genre : politique
Type : fiction


Johannesburg, une femme a été tuée dans ce qui ressemble à un acte de violence fortuite. Son mari s’embarque à la recherche du tueur pour finir par découvrir que l’assassinat est lié à un aspect omis de son passé.

Réal : Khalo Matabane

Fana Mokoena (Bobedi), Presley Chweneyagae (Boy-Boy, frère de Bobedi), Neo Ntlatleng

Anglais, Setswana, Zoulou, Tstosi Taal, sous-titrés en anglais, Video, 1h24 min (Durban, DIFF 2010) & 1h19 (Toronto, TIFF 2010)


Set in Johannesburg, the film tells the story of a man whose wife is murdered in what seems like a random act of violence. He embarks on a search for the killer, only to discover that the killing is linked to the darkness in his past. From one of South Africa’s most talented filmmakers, this is a complex meditation on the nature of vengeance and violence. World Premiere.

d. Khalo Matabane, South Africa 2010 CF

English, Setswana, Zulu, Tstosi Taal with English subtitles, Video, 84 min

Country: South Africa, France
Year: 2010
Language: Zulu, Tsotsitaal, English
Producers: Jeremy Nathan, Michelle Wheatley
Runtime: 79

Screenplay: Khalo Matabane
Principal Cast: Fana Mokoena (Bobedi), Presley Chweneyagae (Boy-Boy), Neo Ntlatleng

Cinematographer: Matthys Mocke
Editor: Audrey Maurion
Sound: Jim Petrak
Production Designer: Carlu Portwig

International Sales Agent: Pyramide International
Production Company: Dv8 Films/Liaison Cinématographique

official description (TIFF 2010 – Toronto)
Khalo Matabane’s first feature Conversations on a Sunday Afternoon premiered at the Festival in 2005, establishing an entirely new voice in African cinema: complex, questing, hybrid. Matabane’s long-awaited follow up shows him maturing as a filmmaker, even as he pushes into darker and more dangerous territory.
Bobedi (played by Hotel Rwanda‘s Fana Mokoena), is a member of Johannesburg’s new black business elite. Returning home from celebrating a promotion with his wife, Joy (Lindi Matshikiza), he finds an intruder waiting for them in their home. The masked man seems to know Bobedi personally and shoots Joy in front of him. Bobedi is shattered, but not surprised. Before he took on the trappings of success, he had lived a violent life. When the police fail to pursue his wife’s murderer vigorously enough, Bobedi enlists his brother Boy-Boy (Presley Cheweneyagae, star of Tsotsi) to help him track down the killer.
As this emblem of the new South Africa tries to take justice into his own hands, he finds the effects of his own violent past returning to haunt him. His mother refuses to speak to him. Old friends are fearful and defensive. As the film progresses and Bobedi’s internal struggle deepens, the question soon shifts from the killer’s identity to the nature of Bobedi’s own soul.
True to his political roots, Matabane widens the film’s focus from the story of one man to an examination of the consequences of memory and denial, ever-vital issues within South Africa’s collective memory. State of Violence offers no easy answers. As Bobedi, Mokoena gives an engrossing performance, depicting how the scars of the past never truly disappear and the concept of justice is never as simple as it seems.
Cameron Bailey (TIFF 2010 – Toronto)

2010 | 35th TIFF – Toronto International Film Festival, Canada
* Selection : Contemporary World Cinema

2010 | 31st DIFF – Durban International Film Festival, South Africa
* World Premiere
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