Meanwhile in Mamelodi


Mon, Apr 30

   3:45 / Kabuki

Wed, May 2

   6:45 / Kabuki

Thu, May 3

   6:30 / PFA


Germany/South Africa, 2011, 74 min


Benjamin Kahlmeyer
Boris Frank
Stefan Neuberger
Benjamin Entrup
John Gürtler, Jan Miserre
Boris Frank. Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, Akademiehof 10, 71638 Ludwigsburg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. TEL: 49-7141-969-193. FAX: 49-7141-969-55-193. EMAIL:

Ticket info: The following screenings of this film are "At Rush": Wed May 2, 6:45

Set against the raucous backdrop of the 2010 World Cup, Meanwhile in Mamelodi is a beautifully crafted portrait of a place and one family’s daily life inside it. The Mtsweni family lives in the Pretoria township of the title, in the district known as Extension 11. Their world is a ramshackle collection of corrugated tin dwellings and makeshift shops, open sewers littered with debris and red-earth rectangles filled with soccer-playing children and teens. Seventeen-year-old Mosquito is one of those kids. As she studies for math tests, flirts with boys and shops with her best friend, her father Steven prepares his “tuck shop” for the promise of cash-flush tourists. Meanwhile, his wife struggles with mental illness. The Mtswenis’ lives unfold as the Cup brings new hope to the ravaged town. Extension 11 buzzes with the drone of vuvuzelas, signaling a new South Africa has arrived. Despite the poverty around her, Mosquito insists this is not her parents’ country. She is the face of South Africa’s future—part of “a new generation free to do all things.” Mosquito’s story is told with tremendous musicality—a sense of rhythm and vibration permeates each scene. Through a rich color palette of turquoise, gold and red, director Benjamin Kahlmeyer imbues his frame with texture and life, illustrating a potent hope emerging from the rubble.

—Sara Dosa

Special support for this program generously provided by the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany – San Francisco. GGA Documentary Feature Contender. US Premiere.

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Benjamin Kahlmeyer

Born in Marburg, Germany, in 1982, Benjamin Kahlmeyer studied philosophy and literature at the Freie Universitat Berlin and went on to work at a number of production houses as a sound-mixer, production assistant and codirector. In 2005, he enrolled in the Film Academy Baden-Wuerttemberg in Ludwigsburg, where he made a handful of fiction shorts and documentaries, including his first feature documentary, Meanwhile in Mamelodi.