A new South African film about the legendary black rebel folk hero, John Kepe, has been announced as the country’s official entry for next year’s Academy Awards in Los Angeles. Author and director, Jahmil X.T Qubeka’s picture titled, “Sew the Winter to My Skin”, has been entered for the Oscar race in the Foreign Language category. It explores the true myth of Kepe the Bandit, who terrorised farmers in the Karoo way back then by stealing their livestock and supplies, for his impoverished community. “Samson of the Boschberg Mountain”, as he was known, the outlaw evaded capture for over a decade. An epic manhunt is eventually launched for him by General Botha, a World War Two veteran. The Film and Video Foundation has lauded the movie for tackling historical and contemporary issues that will resonate with a global audience. The Fund says the flick is skillfully crafted and takes the viewer on a cinematic and musical journey. “Sew the Winter to My Skin”, which already had its international première in Toronto, is one of the highlights of next week’s Cape Town International Film Market and Festival.
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