Necktie Youth

World Narrative Competition

North American Premiere

Netherlands, South Africa | 91 MINUTES | Afrikaans, English, isiZulu | English subtitles


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


Directed by Sibs Shongwe-La Mer

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.
Sibs Shongwe-La Mer
Sibs Shongwe-La Mer
Elias Ribeiro, John Trengove
Matthew Swanepoel, Sibs Shongwe La-Mer, Candice Frank
Associate Producer
Nicole Kitt
Chuanne Blofield
Executive Producer
Elias Ribeiro
Gijs Kerbosch, Roel Oude Nijhuis and Gijs Determeijer
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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