Gangster Project

  • Gangster Project
Type : Documentary
Original title :
Principal country concerned : Column : Cinema/tv
Year of production : 2011
Format : Mid-length
Running time : 55 (in minutes)

As the title indicates, Teboho Edkins first dreamt of a "gangster film." In Cape Town, no need for a actors, says the apprentice filmmaker, they're a dime a dozen, you should just need a good casting. And here he is accompanied by his sound engineer looking for their actors. From meetings in remote areas on the outskirts of the city, with a disturbing reputation, in nocturnal car rides in red-light districts, the filmmaker imitates Hollywood legends in order to try to enlist them. But little by little the images disintegrate. Stories of some in prison, others who remember a murdered friend. Fear, mourning, boredom and petty dealings are a distant cry from the expected flamboyant figures. Behind the myths, everyday realities turn out to be trivial. What to do? To link together the two will be the daring response: mixing acted scenes with documentary shots, without it being too obvious, since here posturing is acceptable. In the end, no "film," just assembled moments, in project form, that must be left as is, with no dramatic conclusion. A bitter after-taste remains: the harshness of survival in an hostile environment where everything comes at a heavy price and indifferent death is on the prowl in all its crude banality.

Nicolas Feodoroff (FIDMARSEILLE 2011)

A documentary by Teboho Edkins

SOUTH AFRICA / GERMANY, 2011, Colour DVCam, HDV, 55'

Original version: English, afrikaans
Subtitles: English
Script: François-Xavier Drouet
Photography: Tom Akinleminu
Sound: Thabo Singine, Laura Schnurre
Editing: Rune Schweitzer

Thurston Moses, Tammy Miosha Rass, Teboho Edkins, Ralf ‘Jackals' Peterson, Yousi, Ouma, Nasheed, Nathen ‘Snap' Louw & Gang, Mr. Jackson, Kevin ‘Kuifie' and Friends & the Kids at Fire.

Production and distribution
Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin GmbH
Potsdamer Straße 2 10785 Berlin, Germany
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THATO, 2011
KINSHASA 2.0, 2008

Festivals und Preise / Festivals and Awards

34th Festival de Cinéma de Douarnenez
* Selection

18th Imola Filmfestival
* Selection

Film á Tout Prix Brüssel
* Selection

Afrikamera 2011 - Aktuelles Kino aus Afrika
* Selection

Hors Piste Paris, 27. Januar - 12. Februar 2012
* Selection

International Film Festival Rotterdam, 25. Januar - 5. Februar 2012
* Selection

Docudays _ Kiev
* Selection

9th Brive European Medium Length Films Meeting
* Selection

Olhar de Cinema Festival Internacional de Curitiba
* Selection

33rd Durban International Film Festival
* Selection

23rd Fespaco
* Selection

2012 | 22nd FIDMARSEILLE - Marseille International Film Festival 2011
* World premiere



Deutschland, Südafrika / 2011 / Dokumentarfilm / 55 min / Farbe / Afrikaans & Englisch mit deutschen Untertiteln

Regie: Teboho Edkins
Buch: François-Xavier Drouet, Teboho Edkins
Kamera: Tom Akinleminu
Producer: Anna Guddat, François-Xavier Drouet, Teboho Edkins

Produktion: STEPS, dffb

Regie/ Director: Teboho Edkins
Buch/Script : François-Xavier Drouet, Teboho Edkins
Kamera/Cinematography: Tom Akinleminu
Zus. Kamera/Add. Cam.: François-Xavier Drouet, Teboho Edkins
Schnitt/Editing: Rune Schweitzer
Producer: Anna Guddat, François-Xavier Drouet, Teboho Edkins
Ton/Sound: Thabo Singine, Laura Schnurre

Thurston Moses, Tammy Miosha Rass, Teboho Edkins, Ralf'Jackals' Peterson, Yousi, Ouma, Nasheed, Nathen ‘Snap' Louw & Gang, Mr. Jackson, Kevin'Kuifie' and Friends & the Kids at Fire


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Gangster Project



  • Arterial network
  • Media, Sports and Entertainment Group (MSE)
  • Gens de la Caraïbe
  • Groupe 30 Afrique
  • Alliance Française VANUATU
  • Zimbabwe : Culture Fund Of Zimbabwe Trust
  • RDC : Groupe TACCEMS
  • Rwanda : Positive Production
  • Togo : Kadam Kadam
  • Niger : ONG Culture Art Humanité
  • Collectif 2004 Images
  • Africultures Burkina-Faso
  • Bénincultures / Editions Plurielles
  • Africiné
  • Afrilivres

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