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WORLD NARRATIVE COMPETITION

NECKTIE YOUTH

Directed by Sibs Shongwe-La Mer
FEATURE NARRATIVE 91 Minutes North American Premiere
FILM GUIDE NECKTIE YOUTH
Jabz and September are two twenty-something suburbanites drifting through a day of drugs, sex, and philosophizing in their privileged Johannesburg neighborhood. Gorgeously shot using rich black-and-white photography, the story is anchored by the live-streamed suicide of their friend Emily. Jabz and September are ill equipped to handle the tragedy that interrupts the hollowness of their daily lives.

A first-time director, 23-year-old Sibs Shongwe-La Mer depicts a raw, unique, and captivating post-apartheid Johannesburg. Facing adulthood and forced to confront a changing society today’s disaffected youth ultimately confronts a hard truth that can’t be ignored.

—Deborah Rudolph
Drama
About the Director(s)
Sibs Shongwe-La Mer is a 23-year-old independent filmmaker, writer, visual artist, and musician based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Necktie Youth is his first feature.
Special Note

Film Info
  • Section:
    World Narrative Competition
  • Year:
    2015
  • Length:
    91 minutes
  • Language:
    Afrikaans, English, isiZulu
  • Country:
  • Premiere:
    North American
  • Connect:
Cast & Credits
  • Associate Producer:
    Nicole Kitt
  • Executive Producer:
    Elias Ribeiro
  • Co-Producer:
    Gijs Kerbosch, Roel Oude Nijhuis and Gijs Determeijer
  • Director:
    Sibs Shongwe-La Mer
  • Producer:
    Elias Ribeiro, John Trengove
  • Editor:
    Matthew Swanepoel, Sibs Shongwe La-Mer, Candice Frank
  • Cinematographer:
    Chuanne Blofield
  • Screenwriter:
    Sibs Shongwe-La Mer
  • Cast:
    Bonko Cosmo Khoza, Sibs Shongwe-La Mer, Kelly Bates, Emma Tollman, Jonathan Young, Kamogelo Moloi, Colleen Balchin, Ricci-Lee Kalish, Giovanna Winetzki

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