Back of the Moon


The date July 28, 1958. Tomorrow, legions of police will force the residents of Gerty Street, Sophiatown out of their homes and they will be trucked to a desolate township, ten miles outside of Johannesburg. Badman, an intellectual and the leader of the most powerful gang in Sophiatown, lives life on his own terms in this crazy, cosmopolitan, half-demolished ghetto on the edge of Johannesburg. The gorgeous Eve Msomi, a torch-singer on the brink of an international career, is giving her last concert in the local hall before she travels to London. Refusing to face the bleak reality of Black South African life, Badman has decided that when the police come, he will not move and will fight to the death for his home. But fate thrusts Eve, whom he has loved from a distance, into his orbit. A stylishly beautiful film with a great soundtrack that captures the mood, the violence and yes, the beauty in apartheid South Africa. Awards: Best South African Feature Film, Durban International Film Festival 2019


Richard Lukunku, Moneoa Moshesh, Lemogang Tsipa

directed by

Angus Gibson

director's bio

Angus Gibson is an Oscar nominated director ("Mandela," "Son of Africa," "Father of a Nation"), who has created hugely successful ground breaking drama TV series ("Yizo Yizo," "Isibaya," "Isithembiso," "Jacobs Cross," "The Road") and documentaries (14Up, 21Up, 28 Up).


Libby Dougherty, Angus Gibson


Executive Producers - Teboho Mahlatsi, Desireé Markgraaff, Angus Gibson, William Kentridge, Anant Singh, Producers Desireé Markgraaff, Kutlwano Ditsele


96 minutes


South Africa


Feature Narrative


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