Of Good Report

Showtimes

Film runs Sat, May 10 through Mon, May 12.

Sat, May 10

6:30pm

Mon, May 12

9:00pm

Of Good Report
Jahmil X.T. Qubeka, 2013
South Africa | English and Xhosa with English subtitles | Format: DCP | 109 minutes

New York Premiere

Schoolteacher Parker Sithole (Mothusi Magano) arrives in a rural village with no local connections. Though his unassuming disposition and a glowing recommendation from his previous employer inspires trust and sympathy, he promptly begins a torrid affair with one of his new pupils, 16-year-old Nolitha (Petronella Tshuma). Jahmil X.T. Qubeka’s second feature delves into the type of impoverished black community that the government has ignored, making it that despair is part of the working poor’s daily life, and a man “of good report” can get away with anything. Shot in stark black and white, the film is a tribute to classic film noir while at the same time takes us out of that genre with bold artistic and political strokes (the film was banned, but quickly unbanned, by South African authorities).

Series: New York African Film Festival 2014

Venue: Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center

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