In the state of Judea in southern Africa, violence, poverty and sectarianism are endemic.
The democratic Alliance has invaded to restore ‘peace’ at gunpoint. Bloody street battles accompany the occupation. Promises of a transition to open democratic rule accompany summary executions and brutal massacres.
As the civil war reaches a new level, a divine child is born to a lowly couple. As he grows and witnesses the inhumanity of the world he lives in, his angelic guardians offer him an escape to the heavens. He refuses. This is his world and he must try to save it from the work of evil men and from the darkness working through them.
As an adult, he travels to the capital, gathering followers from the armed factions of rebels that criss-cross the land. He demands that his followers give up their guns and confront their corrupt rulers with a vision of non-violent protest and solidarity. Inevitably, he attracts the attention of the Judean Elders who have struck a power-sharing deal with the aloof Governor Pilate.
The Son of Man must be brought down and destroyed. It should be another simple ‘disappearance’ like any other…
Son of Man.
The story of the Gospels re-told as a tale of corruption and redemption in contemporary Africa.
Filmed in the township of Khayelitsha and in the Eastern Cape, this new and adventurous interpretation of the Christian message was filmed by Mark Dornford-May (Golden Bear, Berlin 2005 – U-Carmen) with the pioneering DDK theatre troupe and choir network. As with his first film – the classic opera Carmen translated into the Xhosa tongue - the original yet traditional dance, songs and rhythms infuse Son of Man with the life and spirit that really cuts its own voice to speak.
The rich in this country do none of the work, and pay none of the taxes. The middle class does most of the work, and pays all of the taxes. The poor are there just to scare the shit out of the middle class. Keep 'em showing up at those 'jobs'. -- George Carlin
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