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Watch 4 Clips From Acclaimed 'Forerunners' - South African Documentary On Black Middle Class

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act November 27, 2012 at 11:13AM

I like the look and feel of this. It has an ethereal quality to it that's engaging. The subject matter is also of interest.
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Forerunners

I like the look and feel of this. It has an ethereal quality to it that's engaging. The subject matter is also of interest.

Titled Forerunners, the film explores what it means to be black and middle class in South Africa today.

At the frontier of unprecedented social change, Miranda, Mpumi, Martin and Karabo are part of the first generation of black South Africans to rise from poverty and join the country’s ‘middle class’. They delicately balance the traditional views of their childhood with the western consumerism that rules their professional lives, selecting and discarding elements from each world to forge a new legacy for their descendants.

The film continues its film festival circuit tour, since its world premier at the Cannes Pan-African Film Festival last year, winning acclaim along the way; it last screened in London, making its UK premiere at the London International Documentary Festival, in May.

No word yet on where it'll screen next, or potential distribution around the world.

It's only screened once in the USA, so I'd say this could be a nice pick-up for any stateside festivals looking to fill their lineup next year.

Watch promo and 4 clips from the film below:


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