“Punk in Africa” rock documentary on the multi-racial punk movement in Zimbabwe and Mozambique


Punk in Africa, which opened at local cinemas amid much fanfare last week, will make its first appearance in Europe at the end of the month. Such has been the success of the film that documents the social and political challenges in Zimbabwe that it will be shown in The Netherlands.

In March, it will show in one of Europe’s top human rights festivals scheduled for the Czech Republic .“The film has been invited to be officially unveiled at the world-renowned International Film Festival Rotterdam on 29-31 January, following successful local and international premieres at the Durban International Film Festival in July 2011 and the Festival Do Rio in Rio de Janeiro , Brazil in October 2011.

The film has also been selected as an official entry at the One World Film Festival in March 2012 in Prague, Czech Republic, Europe’s most prestigious festival of human rights and political documentaries,” Deon Maas, spokesperson for Meerkat Media, the co-producers of the documentary told The Zimbabwean in Johannesburg.

Punk in Africa is the untold story of the multi-racial punk movement within recent political and social upheavals in Zimbabwe as well as Mozambique . The story unfolds from the Johannesburg underground rock scene of the 1970s, the multi-racial punk bands formed in the wake of the Soweto Uprising and the anti-apartheid sounds of the 1980s to the rise of African-inspired ska-punk from Cape Town to Maputo in the democratic 1990s to an emerging generation of new music that confronts contemporary political challenges in Zimbabwe .

The film is a co-production between Johannesburg production company Meerkat Media and Prague-based independent producers Peligroso Productions and Bohemian Lion and is represented for international sales and festivals by Rise and Shine Films in Berlin , Germany . Production was sponsored in part by the National Film and Video Foundation of South Africa, Red Bull Media Group ( Austria ) and the noted European post-production studio UPP ( Czech Republic ).