SAFTAs12 nominee series: Q&A with The Hangman director Zwelethu Radebe

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Still from The Hangman.

The 12th annual South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs) will take place on 22 and 24 March 2018 at Sun City Resort in the North West Province. Managed under the custodianship of the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) – an agency of the Department of Arts and Culture – the SAFTAs committee consists of the SABC, DStv, M-Net, e.tv, StarSat, the Cultural and Creative Industries Federation of South Africa (CCIFSA) and the South African Screen Federation (SASFED).

Screen Africa chats to Zwelethu Radebe, director and writer of 2018 SAFTA-nominated short film The Hangman:

What inspired the making of The Hangman?

What inspired me to write The Hangman was that I was curious to understand the motivations behind certain human behaviours and uncover a different perspective on the narrative of the black South African man both in the past and present. This is what brought about the sub-themes of identity and race.

What do you attribute its success to?

The film resonates with a lot of South Africans and international audiences both young and old for the simple fact that it uncovers a common human trait of keeping secrets and believing that it is for the good of others and then later experiencing the painful consequence of the truth once the secrets are revealed.

What will winning the SAFTA mean to you?

Winning the SAFTA will mean that The Hangman has made an impact and touched audiences and will hopefully positively influence and change minds and lives for the better.

Watch The Hangman trailer.

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