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New York Premiere of South African film 'Meanwhile at Mamelodi'

November 30, 2012
8:30 pm

The Museum for African Art is pleased to co-present the New York premiere of South African film Meanwhile in Mamelodi as part of the 2012 Margaret Mead Film Festival.

The Leonhardt People Center
American Museum of Natural History
200 Central Park West, New York
Tickets: $12 Adult, $10 Student/Senior
Purchase tickets here


About the film
Benjamin Kahlmeyer
2011 | 74 mins | South Africa, Germany

Welcome to the "shack side" - Extension 11, one of the many districts in the township of Mamelodi in Pretoria, South Africa: no running water, no paved roads, no electricity. With the 2010 World Cup as a backdrop, this is the setting for the story of the Mtsweni family - led by father Steven and his 17-year-old daughter Moskito - as they maintain the small kiosk that sustains them, shouldering poverty, illness, and the general daily challenges to survival. Meanwhile in Mamelodi is a heartfelt, difficult, and ultimately uplifting portrait of one family's dreams and disappointments, complete with teenage problems, business stress, and larger questions of hope and despair in modern South Africa.

About the festival
The Margaret Mead Film Festival encompasses a broad spectrum of work, from indigenous community media to experimental nonfiction. The Festival is distinguished by its outstanding selection of titles, which tackle diverse and challenging subjects, representing a range of issues and perspectives, and by the forums for dialogue with filmmakers, invited speakers, and film protagonists.

The 2012 Margaret Mead Film Festival will screen 29 outstanding films and host special multi-media events and performances Thursday, November 29 through Sunday, December 2, 2012. With films from over 20 countries, the festival features 19 premieres, including 10 Margaret Mead Filmmaker Award contenders and two world premieres.


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