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A version of Georges Bizet's Carmen, set in a modern-day South African township. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Pauline Malefane ... Carmen
Andile Tshoni ... Jongikhaya
Lungelwa Blou ... Nomakhaya
Zweilungile Sidloyi ... Lulamile Nkomo (as Zorro Sidloyi)
Andries Mbali ... Bra Nkomo
Zamile Gantana ... Captain Gantana
Andiswa Kedama ... Amanda
Ruby Mthethwa ... Pinki
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Noluthando Boqwana ... Manelisa
Ross Garland ... Policeman

Directed by
Mark Dornford-May 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Mark Dornford-May 
Ludovic Halévy  opera libretto "Carmen"
Andiswa Kedama 
Pauline Malefane 
Henri Meilhac  opera libretto "Carmen"
Prosper Mérimée  novella (uncredited)

Produced by
Mark Dornford-May .... producer
Lucinda Englehart .... associate producer
Ross Garland .... executive producer
Ross Garland .... producer
Niki Hall-Jones .... line producer
Tanya Wagner .... associate producer
Cinematography by
Giulio Biccari 
Film Editing by
Ronelle Loots 
Production Design by
Craig Smith 
Costume Design by
Jessica Dornford-May 
Makeup Department
Jack Dagogo .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Randy Crabb .... production manager
Nicci Van Niekerk .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Claire Letoret .... first assistant director
Trish Wylie .... second assistant director
Art Department
Henry Louw .... property master
Sound Department
Carmen Borgia .... sound re-recording mixer
Barry Donnelly .... dialogue editor
Barry Donnelly .... sound designer
Barry Donnelly .... sound editor
Barry Donnelly .... sound effects editor
Simon Rice .... sound mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Sarel Eloff .... additional cinematographer
Kenny Fisher .... chief lighting technician
Guy Hodgen .... first assistant camera
Zak 'Ebenezzer' O'Leary .... key grip
Justin Youens .... camera operator: "b" camera
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Leonie Roberts .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Nerissa Black .... post-production coordinator
Catherine Pantazopoulos .... colorist
Jonene van Zyl .... post-production coordinator
Music Department
Charles Hazlewood .... conductor
Transportation Department
Peter Ndifon .... unit transport manager
Other crew
Ozren K. Glaser .... production coordinator
Sharifa Ismail .... accountant
Joel Mthethwa .... choreographer
Rob Muir .... title designer: opening titles
J.C. Smuts .... production coordinator
Neil Stuart .... title designer
Ria Van Heerden .... script supervisor

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Also Known As:
"U-Carmen" - South Africa (English title) (DVD title)
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Germany:120 min | USA:122 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Germany:12 | Ireland:PG | Netherlands:12 | Singapore:PG | Switzerland:10 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:10 (canton of Vaud)

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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Yo, Carmen!, 25 June 2008
Author: jotix100 from New York

Can anyone imagine the immortal Georges Bizet opera "Carmen" relocated to another continent? Well, that is exactly what the creators of this film decided to do. They moved the location from Seville to a South African township near Cape Town to set the action. The result is an interesting movie in which most of the opera sung in Xhosa.

This is not a typical adaptation of this work because it asks the viewer to make allowances for the way one conceived the classical work. By bringing it to a different geographical location, the characters take new meaning in the action. Carmen, the sultry cigarette factory worker is the object of desire from the good cop, Jongi, who reads the bible. Carmen lures him to work with an expatriate, who is the son of a slain anti apartheid legend.

This work was staged in South Africa and then made into this film. Mark Dornford-May who wrote and directed, probably wanted to present the work with a different point of view but keeping the core of the story and original songs. Pauline Malefane, who plays Carmen, worked in the translation from French into Xhosa with excellent results.

The South African cast does an excellent job in what Mr. Dornford-May set out to accomplish. The characters feel real in the context where they are situated, giving the film a great feeling for what unfolds on screen.

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