Oscar-nominated South African director, Angus Gibson, takes us back to the glitz and menace of 1958 Sophiatown in his stylish new film, Back Of The Moon. The film will get a limited theatrical release in New York and Los Angeles on Friday, December 3.
This thriller drama is about an intellectual gangster who plans to resist the Apartheid police from forcing the residents of Gerty street out of their homes to be trucked to a desolate township, ten miles out of the city. But then, he meets beautiful Miriam Makeba like torch-singer Eve Msomi. And everything changes…
Back Of The Moon has won multiple awards including Best International Narrative Feature at Black Film Festival Montreal, Canada (2020), and Best South African Narrative Feature at Durban International Film Festival, South Africa (2019).
Watch the trailer for Back Of The Moon, Zulu w/English subtitles.
Angus Gibson, one of South Africa’s premier documentary filmmakers, is a founding member of Free Filmmakers, a film co-operative established in 1985 to create a relevant South African cinema. Since 1983, when he created his first television drama, he has produced, directed, and co-written numerous highly acclaimed and internationally award-winning documentary series and TV dramas for British and South African television, including the Heartlines series, Yizo Yizo, and Soweto, a History. He also has a rich documentary feature film experience. He co-directed the Oscar-nominated authorized biography, Mandela, for Jonathan Demme’s production company. His diverse media projects, which include audio-visual contributions to the Apartheid Museum and the Hecter Pieterson Museum, have been influential in the anti-apartheid movement. His latest film Back to the Moon, an award-winning South African film set in 1958 Sophiatown was released in 2019 in South Africa.