Cinema: Black & White Tale

Dingaka may mark a trend of sorts. Most made-in-Africa melodramas use throbbing tom-toms and tribal dances merely as an exotic backdrop for the doings of great white hunters, drunken missionaries, or dissatisfied colonial wives. In Dingaka, South African Writer-Director Jamie Uys does not stint on music and dance, which are an absorbing show in themselves. But the details of native life always remain relevant to this earnest, primitive drama about a proud tribesman (Ken Gampu) whose thirst for vengeance hurls him against the apparatus of white justice in Johannesburg.

Gampu leaves his native...

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