Sekalli le Meokgo is a magic realism story about Kgotso, a recluse stickfighter who lives a solitary life high up in the Maluti Mountains of Lesotho. Legend whispers of Kgotso's mother who ...
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Sekalli le Meokgo is a magic realism story about Kgotso, a recluse stickfighter who lives a solitary life high up in the Maluti Mountains of Lesotho. Legend whispers of Kgotso's mother who died in childbirth bequeathing him with a curse. He was raised by an old traditional healer, who on her deathbed gives Kgotso his most treasured possession, a concertina. At the tender age of 8 Kgotso vanished into the mountains. Kgotso returns to the villages only when hired by distressed farmers to protect their sheep from thieves who plague the valleys. On day, whilst tending the sheep and playing to himself on his concertina he sees a beautiful and mysterious woman staring at him dreamily from the water. He is captivated. She disappears. The next day she returns, drawn by his beautiful music. As he plays for her, Mokgodutswane, a sinister and evil horseman, ambushes them. Kgotso is badly wounded. The horseman rides off with the woman. Kgotso is found by the villagers and nursed back to life. He ... Written by
The strong. silent American western hero in South African cinema.
What is notable about this movie is not the story, but the way the movie is filmed. This movie has the appearance of an American western and the main character, Kgoto, could have easily been played by Clint Eastwood as Angel Eyes. Also, the movie is short on dialog, and filmed in black-and-white, giving the movie a film noir quality. The metaphysical aspect of the story is subsumed by the sheer magnificence of the cinematography which is first-rate. It's too bad that this story was not further developed into a feature-length movie because it probably would have been great. The actors were wonderful and were able to project a wide range of emotions without uttering a word. The strong, silent American western hero lives in South African cinema.
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