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FOKOFPOLISIEKAR “FORGIVE THEM FOR THEY KNOW KNOW WHAT THEY DO”

DIRECTOR: Bryan Little | South Africa | 108 min | 2009

In-your-face progressive punk rock band Fokofpolisiekar are the subject of Little’s spirited look at both the contemporary Afrikaans music industry and the shifting cultural sands of morphing white Afrikaans culture. Told in interview and through original video of their first tour and album, the film focuses on how the Belville band came to be a voice for the dislocated youth straddling the before-and-after of 1994.

They were a frustrated generation disillusioned with the lies of the church and state but without a form of expression, and as such the film is a political and personal commentary about those times – not old enough to fully understand the effects of living under Apartheid, not young enough to be entirely ‘new’ South Africans. Cultural confusion isn’t the only currency – the groundbreaking retro comic book,
B-grade film, Chicago punk rock design of their marketing also features. Courtesy of the Director and Fly on the Wall Productions