Portrait of a Young Man Drowning (1999)


With his side bleeding, a man called Shadow limps through a black and white landscape of burned out buildings, funeral processions, and memories that are in color. He wants to bathe, to clean his wound, but he finds no one willing to let him use their water. The residents of the township capture a young man accused of rape. The two men’s paths cross and Shadow’s place in society is revealed. Will the blood wash off?

Director: Teboho Mahlatsi.
Writer: Teboho Mahlatsi.
Stars: Ronnie Nyakale, Meshack Mavuso, Patrick Ndlovu, Ernest Msibi, Thufani Didi.

Cinematographer: Dewald Aukema.
Composer: Philip Miller.

1999 Venice Film Festival – Winner of the Silver Lion for Best Short Film.


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One Comment

  1. Michael
    November 24, 2019

    very good short film. Thanks

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