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optimus usimende*

* isiXhosa for 'cement'

 In this dystopian sci-fi, a downtrodden hero undertakes to repair the gap between privileged and oppressed. The short film follows protagonist, Usimende, and his life on the outskirts of a divided city. Usimende grew up watching Transformers, which continues to fuel his desire to do good and seek justice.       OPTIMUS USIMENDE - isiZULU VERSION

In this dystopian sci-fi, a downtrodden hero undertakes to repair the gap between privileged and oppressed. The short film follows protagonist, Usimende, and his life on the outskirts of a divided city. Usimende grew up watching Transformers, which continues to fuel his desire to do good and seek justice. 

 

OPTIMUS USIMENDE - isiZULU VERSION

The short film follows protagonist, Usimende, and his life on the outskirts of a divided city. Usimende grew up watching Transformers, which continues to fuel his desire to do good and seek justice. The narrative traverses two worlds: his place of work, where a privileged minority resides in suburban sprawl; and his home, a desolate wasteland relegated to the city’s borders. 

 

OPTIMUS USIMENDE - ENGLISH VERSION

Here, the built environment is personified. Using hand-made animation techniques, the film grapples with questions of access, land and unequal resource distribution.

 

A film by Francois Knoetze
Co-Director & Producer Zara Julius
Co-Written by Zara Julius, Amy Louise Wilson and Daniel Nel
Production Design Francois Knoetze and Daniel Nel
Camera Anton Scholtz
Original Soundtrack B00N
Editors Francois Knoetze, Zara Julius, Daniel Nel and Anton Scholtz
Featuring Aphiwe Livi, Amy Louise Wilson and Aphila Livi
Special Thanks Daneel Knoetze, Moeneeb Dalwai, Sakhile Moleshe, Daniel Gray and Kobus La Grange.