DIRECTOR: Bryan Little | South Africa | 89 min | 2012
Spectacular dance is front and centre in Little’s film. It’s a lifestyle, a badge of belonging and a way of both explaining and succeeding in the ghetto. The film follows township crews from the Cape Flats to Mamelodi and beyond as they perform, laugh, philosophise and rehearse ahead of the Red Bull Beat Battle. The stunning dance scenes are infectious – quite literally world beating – and anyone who has ever cringed at some of the SA’s Got Talent fools should see this. Backed by an electric, eclectic soundtrack Cypher stands as an important barometer of what’s going on out there in the most important dance laboratory of them all – the street. Addictive cinema. Courtesy of the director and Fly On The Wall.