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Biopic on the Short Life of South African Freedom Fighter Solomon Mahlangu Currently Shooting

Biopic on the Short Life of South African Freedom Fighter Solomon Mahlangu Currently Shooting

Principal photography is underway in South Africa on “Kalushi: The Story of Solomon Mahlangu,” which Thabo Rametsi is starring in.

Marking the 35th anniversary of the execution of Mahlangu, and directed by Mandla Walter Dube from his screenplay (co-written with Leon Otto), the film tells the story of Mahlangu, member of the ANC (African National Congress), born 1956, and killed in 1979, after he was wrongfully accused of murder of two white civilians in Johannesburg two years prior, and was executed by hanging despite calls from local and international organizations for him to be pardoned – an execution that sparked international protest and condemnation of South Africa’s internal policies.
Before he was hanged, Mahlangu’s famous last words were: “My blood will nourish the tree that will bear the fruits of freedom. Tell my people that I love them and that they must continue the fight.”
He was just 23 years old.
Along with Rametsi, Thabo Malema and Louw Venter also star, with Soloman’s brother Lucas Mahlangu serving as adviser to the production. 
Funded by the National Lottery Distribution Fund for Arts, Culture and Heritage, the Department of Trade & Industry’s Film Incentive Scheme, the Department of Arts and Culture, and the National Film & Video Foundation, the film is being produced by Walter Ayres and director Dube, and will shoot on location in and around Pretoria and Johannesburg for six weeks.
I’d expect an early 2015 debut.
This is Mandla Dube’s feature directorial debut.

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