From Coal Stove Pictures comes South Africa’s “first ever dance movie,” according to the filmmakers. That might depend on how “dance movie” is being defined here. Although, based on the below trailer, “Hear Me Move” looks and feels like it’s from the “Step Up” family of “dance movies. Its title is also coincidentally (or maybe not) similar to a similar 2007 American dance movie, “How She Move” which starred Rutina Wesley, and showcased the culture of “street step dancing.”
Opening in South African cinemas over the weekend, “Hear Me Move” showcases homegrown dance styles known as pantsula, and sbujwa, as well as hip-hop, centering on Muzi, the son of an amazing pantsula dancer, who goes on a journey to learn the truth about his father’s death and come to terms with his own identity, learning to embrace his destiny and become the man he is meant to be.
The film’s ensemble cast includes Nyaniso Dzedze, Bontle Modiselle, Mbuso Kgarebe, Bongani Skosana, Loyanda Mfene, Mindo Sefafe, Anele Vilana, Tumelo Seleke, S’Thandiwe Kgoroge, Lilian Dube, and Wandile Molebatsi.
It’s directed by Scottnes Smith, from a screenplay written by Fidel Namisi.
Namisi and Wandile Molebatsi are producers.
No word on whether it’ll travel, but, as is often the case, if it’s a big hit there (South Africa), there’s a good chance that it’ll generate interest in other parts of the world.
While we wait to find out, here’s its trailer: