New SA film shoots in township

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Currently shooting in Johannesburg’s Alexandra township, Cast the First Stone is a new South African film that focuses on what’s wrong with a community and how they can begin to fix the problems by working together.

Cast the First Stone is directed by award-winning drama and filmmaker Shaft Moropane, who directed Tsha-Tsha IV, 90 Plein Street, music videos, commercials and corporate videos. It was scripted by Goodenough Mashego, Shaft Moropane and Andrew Herod and commissioned by pay-TV channel Mzansi Magic.

The film shows how a community is dealing with the scourge of crime unleashed by young people who have nothing better to do. It follows the story of Bongani (Motlatsi Mahloko), a university student who suddenly finds himself out in the streets after his varsity funding is discontinued. Bongani returns to an Alexandra plagued by violence, gangs and little value placed on human life.

At the same time a new priest has just taken over the local parish and his ambition is to restore the image of the township to what it used to be. He is an idealist whose pragmatism is often tested by locals such as Bra Torch (Maswabi Legwale) and the deacon. The priest suddenly finds himself caught up in the violence of the township regardless of his attempts to remedy it.  His faith is tested when his niece Lesego is abducted and raped.

Starring in the film are Jeffrey Sekele (Nazareth in Jerusalema) who plays Father Nicholas, Vuyo Dabula (Yizo-Yizo 3, Isidingo) plays the Deacon, Tu Nokwe, kwaito star Kagiso “Gwyza’ Diseko and many equally talented actors who have carved their niche in drama and film.

Two-thirds of the film will be shot in Alexandra with the remainder in Soweto.

The filmmakers believe the film is going to be the voice of Alexandra and its people. It’s logline is: “If you want to change the world, first allow change within’.

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