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Gangster Project
Ganster Project

Gangster Project

In Cape Town, South Africa, one of the world's most violent and unequal societies, a young white film student sets out with his cameraman, leaving the comfort of his protected neighbourhood. He wants to make a Gangster Film, with real gangsters. After a lengthy search for a suitably 'cinematic' character, he finds the perfect gang and settles into their everyday rhythm. The reality soon catches up and the claustrophobic gangster life doesn’t exactly fit to the expectations. 20 year after the first democratic election South Africa remains a deeply divided society, one in which dialogue and understanding seem impossible, out of reach. It is a film between fiction and reality, where real truths are revealed and fiction stops being fiction, and when it stops mattering.

Production Details

Director: Teboho Edkins
54’ min (completion: July 2011), Cape Town
Production: dffb, Germany
Languages: English/Afrikaans with English Subtitles

Distribution Details

Screenings selection

  • Premiered July 2011, FID Marseille International Film Festival
  • Official selection of the Rotterdam International Film Festival 2012
  • Hors Pistes at the Centre Pompidou in Paris 2012
  • Durban Film Festival 2012
  • La Rochelle International Film Festival 2013
  • Paris Cinema 2013
  • Over 35 International Film Festivals so far


  • Docudays Ukraine 2012
  • Best Documentary 9º Festival de Cine Africano de Córdoba - FCAT 2012
  • Helene Schwarz Preis 2012
  • Verona Prize for best African Film, ZIFF 2013

Teboho Edkins

Teboho Edkins was born in the USA in 1980 and grew up mainly in Lesotho, South Africa but also in Germany. He studied Fine Art at the University of Cape Town, followed by a 2-year post-graduate residency at le Fresnoy, studio national des arts contemporains in France and then a post-graduate film directing programme at the dffb film academy in Berlin.

2013: Gangster Backstage 38’min
2011: Gangster Project 54’ min
2011: Thato 27’ 35” min
2008: Kinshasa 2.0, 11’07” min
2006 – 2007: Gangster Project 1, 7’30” min
2005: True Love, 28’ min
2005: Looking Good, 47’ min
2004: Ask Me I'm Positive, 48’ min

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