He Who Is Without Sin a new film by Jafta Mamabolo co- directed by Ralph Ziman
Fri, 14 Jul 2017 11:18
Principal photography has begun on He Who Is Without Sin a new film by
Jafta Mamabolo, co- directed by Ralph Ziman
Set in contemporary Johannesburg, against the backdrop of the #FEESMUSTFALL
movement, He Who Is Without Sin is inspired by Dostoyevskys Crime
and Punishment. The film provides a stark insight into the paradoxical notion of
freedom that faces the modern day, born-free South African youth.
He Who Is Without Sin follows the journey of Freedom, a disillusioned and
desperate university student, clinging to an impossible existence in inner-city
Johannesburg. Burdened by the weight of expectation and pretense, Freedom pawns
his coveted text books to an amoral loan-shark, Alina, in order to find money to write
his exams whilst at the same time taking care of his rural family. But Freedom has a
change of mind and returns to Alina to buy back his beloved books. When she
shortchanges Freedom, an argument ensues and he accidentally murders her. When
he searches Alinas flat for his books, Freedom discovers and steals a stash of money.
Tormented by guilt and conflict, Freedom starts to lose his sanity as he roams the city
streets and bars in an attempt to find absolution. Hope comes in the form of Sonia, a
former student friend recently turned prostitute. In Freedoms disjointed mind, if he
can save Sonia from a life of hardship he will inevitably redeem himself. But
Johannesburg is a city that does not let you go so easily, life is a vicious cycle, and
despite his noble efforts and unattainable love for Sonia, Freedoms fate is destined to
a tragic ending.
Written by actor Jafta Mamabolo (Jerusalema/Ayanda/Otello Burning), the
project is a return to his collaboration with director Ralph Ziman (Jersualema, The
Ziman and Mamabolo will co-direct the film and Mamabolo will also play the lead role
of Freedom . Other notable lead casts include Samkelo Ndlovu (Rhythm City),
two-time SAFTA award winner Mandla Gaduka (District 9, Generations) and
Kenneth Nkosi (White Wedding, District 9, Jerusalema).
The film is produced by Tendeka Matatu (Ten10 Films) in partnership with Dumi
Gumbi and Catharina Weinek (The Ergo Company). Ronnie Apteker (Material,
Jerusalema, Purpose) will executive produce.