U-CARMEN EKHAYELITSHA

U-Carmen e-Khayelitsha-7South Africa/2005/122/12A

Dir: Mark Dornford-May, Ludovic Halevy (Opera)

Sung and spoken in Xhosa, one of South Africa’s eleven official languages, the film is based on Bizet’s famous opera Carmen. The film was shot  in the township of Khayelitsha, near Cape Town, home to half a million people. The story of Carmen has over the years inspired a diversity of interpretations in film and theatre all over the world. Director Mark Dornford-May’s adaptation is an impressive and entertaining film that relocates this tale of the love affair between Carmen and Don José in Khayelitsha, a shantytown in South Africa against the backdrop of the hardship suffered by those who live in it. Framed within an atmospheric environment of gangsters and shebeens this interpretation is a celebration of South African dramatic art at its best.

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