The African Cypher


89 min minutes

From impoverished Soweto pantsula dancers who sport orange Chuck Taylors and communicate via elaborate whistles to Cape Town b-boys with uniformly gorgeous bodies, perfect teeth, and a fiercely articulated sense of purpose, this documentary depicts a fascinating array of South African dance styles and their associated subcultures. The film occasionally suffers from preachy voice-overs and a vertiginous cinematography style that doesn’t do the crazy-talented dancers justice, but the subjects and their search for identity, community, and self-expression through dance are so compelling that these flaws hardly matter. (EMILY ABBY KLEIN)

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Film Credits
Bryan Little
SIFF 2013