Mark Dornford-May | South Africa 2006 | 1h26m | 35mm | English and Xhosa with English subtitles | 15
Africa in Motion (AiM) screening: Sunday 4 November 2007 at 4.00pm, Edinburgh Filmhouse
Set in the fictional African state of Judea, where violence, poverty and sectarianism are endemic, Son of Man is an adventurous and ambitious new interpretation of the Gospels by the South African theatre and film ensemble, Dimpho Di Kopane, who also produced U-Carmen eKhayelitsha. The country is invaded by a neighbouring dictatorship under the pretense of establishing democracy and peace through the means of summary executions and brutal massacres. As the civil war reaches a new level, a divine child - the Saviour - is born. As he grows up he sets out to redeem his people from oppression through an ethics of non-violent protest and solidarity.
Visually striking and featuring a powerful soundtrack incorporating inspirational traditional and protest songs, Son of Man is a daring tale of defiance and revolution with an ethical and political scope that reaches far beyond contemporary Africa.