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  • 2017 (Creation)

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Director: Mandlakayisa (Mandla) Dube: South Africa, 2017
Producer: Walter Ayres and Mandlakayisa (Mandla) Walter Dube for Flashfilms, Montage Online, Pambili Media and Capacity Relations
Writer: Mandla Dube and Leon Otto
Kalushi is the true story about 19-year-old hawker, Solomon Kalushi Mahlangu (Thabo Rametsi), from Mamelodi, a township outside Pretoria. He is brutally beaten by police. Kalushi goes into exile following the 1976 Soweto uprisings to join the liberation movement. He returns from military training in Angola but en route to their mission, his friend and comrade, Mondi(Thabo Malema), loses control and shoots two innocent people on Goch Street in Johannesburg. Mondi is severely beaten and tortured; Kalushi is forced to stand trial under the common purpose doctrine. The state seeks the highest punishment from the court, death by hanging. Kalushi has his back against the wall and uses the courtroom as a final battlefield. His sacrifice immortalises him into a hero of the struggle and an international icon of June 16, 1976.


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