Harmony Korine's Umshini Wam
March 20, 2011 9:34 AM   Subscribe

Harmony Korine's Ushimini Wam. A 16-minute short where Ninja and Yo Landi from South Africa's Die Antwoord, "play trigger-happy, gun-toting misfits who bond throughout the film by sharing cartoonishly huge joints, sticking-up business owners, and seeking refuge and shelter in the woods."
posted by geoff. (18 comments total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
I caught this last night, a lot less weird and interesting than the stuff Yolandi and Ninja do by themselves.
posted by thylacine at 10:00 AM on March 20, 2011

starts filing a civil suit suing for that 16 minutes of his life back
posted by Samizdata at 10:01 AM on March 20, 2011 [2 favorites]

Die Antwoord???
Wait...checks background color of webpage...Odd...This isn't BoingBoing...
posted by Thorzdad at 10:06 AM on March 20, 2011 [5 favorites]

Die Antwoord are the favorites of Vice.

They made a much more cooler documentary short about witch doctors in SA (nsfw: bare breasts)
posted by thylacine at 10:11 AM on March 20, 2011 [1 favorite]

Nope, nothing juvenile about that.
posted by msalt at 10:25 AM on March 20, 2011

There's a video glitch that happened at different parts on two attempts to play it. It took me a while to realize that this wasn't Harmony fucking with me.
posted by not_that_epiphanius at 10:57 AM on March 20, 2011

Yeah I noticed that there's a purple glitch, it is a bug in VBS' playback software. I found not going full screen seems to help, but once you're in it, you have to reload.
posted by geoff. at 11:11 AM on March 20, 2011

I think the most interesting thing about this post is that Xeni Jardin apparently uses the alias "geoff." on metafilter.
posted by crunchland at 11:43 AM on March 20, 2011 [1 favorite]

"Harmony Korine...Ninja...Yolandi"

That's a three-way tie for last place, re: verifiable talent.
posted by deern the headlice at 11:54 AM on March 20, 2011

I don't read BoingBoing and I didn't know who Die Antwoord was before this.

I am, however, a big fan of Harmony Korine. Here, I'll make things better by posting a clip of Werner Herzog telling a boy to put on a dress and dance with him.
posted by geoff. at 11:56 AM on March 20, 2011

I liked Gummo. I fucking hated this. Scratch that, I felt entirely indifferent.
posted by From Bklyn at 1:09 PM on March 20, 2011

Spoek Mthambo's 'Mshini Wam' (My Machine Gun).
posted by artof.mulata at 4:12 PM on March 20, 2011

they played Big Day Out here recently, and a friend followed them around the country. i've so far avoided knowing anything about them besides the fact that they play ironic joke-rap
posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn at 4:36 PM on March 20, 2011

Yeah, I don't get all the love for their music, but I'm smitten with them as artists.
Kinda like my appreciation for The GaGa's outfits and stageshow, but a cringe is induced by her sound.
posted by artof.mulata at 4:43 PM on March 20, 2011

Harmony Korine is awful, yet I can't stop watching his movies. He's like the McDonald's Apple Pie of awful hipster indie directors. I guess that's a compliment. It still doesn't make improvising whilst gesturing with a spliff the size of a terrier anything less than an unwitting homage to Nathan Barley, but them's the breaks.
posted by Sticherbeast at 6:52 PM on March 20, 2011

I love all things Die Antwoord.

I think that part of the context for this, though, was the use of the song by Jacob Zuma in his campaign rallies; it makes their reappropriation of it much more interesting.
posted by Forktine at 7:10 PM on March 20, 2011

Man, you all are some fucking haters. I liked this. I also like Die Antwoord, a lot. How can you not like the swinging junk in pink floyd boxers? How can you not like the rap line: That funny lookin bong looks like a big fat long schlong. Oh, it's a long dong bong made in Hong Kong.
posted by special agent conrad uno at 1:16 AM on March 21, 2011 [1 favorite]

Oh yeah. That's definitely one for the ages. Shakespeare might as well just hang up his quill pen and give up.
posted by crunchland at 7:10 PM on March 23, 2011 [1 favorite]

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