Sibs Shongwe-La Mer talks Necktie Youth | TRUE Africa

Sibs Shongwe-La Mer talks Necktie Youth | TRUE Africa

The end is approaching. Two more days and GEGENkino 2016 will be history. Today already is the last day of our AFRICAN OUTLINES section with two screenings tonight!

8pm at Schaubühne Lindenfels we will present a collection of short films by up-and-coming filmmakers from different African countries in our »Young Africans« programme. And there’s quite a lot to show! Short films with topics ranging from life on the streets to corporeal self-definition. Check out the whole programme here:


Dr. Claudia Böhme from the Institute of Ethnology at Universität Trier will come to screening and introduce the films by giving an overview about the contexts in which these African realities are situated.

10pm, also at Schaubühne Lindenfels we will screen the »Necktie Youth« by the only 23-year-old Sibs Shongwe-La Mer—a teenage drama in the vein of movies like »Ken Park« and a representation of youth in Johannesburg. Stylish as hell!

According to TRUEAfrica, »[Necktie Youth] feels like a revolutionary film; a political awakening that shows another side of Africa, far from the slums, the child soldiers and acacia trees; an Africa which is tapped into the same social network as the kids in a Larry Clark movie or in a Bret Easton Ellis novel«.

Oh, by the way, we will also offer combined tickets for both screenings for 9/8 (red.) euros.

Your GEGENkino crew