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 Dostoyevsky’s 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 Alina’s 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 Freedom’s 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, Freedom’s 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 Zookeeper). 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.