Mapantsula (1988)

Director
Oliver Schmitz

Main cast
Thomas Mogotlane; Marcel Van Heerden; Thembi Mtshali; Dolly Rathebe; Peter Sephuma

Genres
Crime, Drama

Description
Mapantsula tells the story of Panic, a petty gangster who inevitably becomes caught up in the growing anti-apartheid struggle and has to choose between individual gain and a united stand against the system.


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