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Showmax presents the award-winning film ‘1960’, set in Sophiatown

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When the remains of an apartheid-era policeman are discovered 60 years after he went missing, Lindi, a retired jazz singer, revisits her past to help with the investigation. But how much does she know, and what is she holding back?

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1960 premiered as the opening night film at last year’s Durban International Film Festival (DIFF), where it went on to win Best South African Feature Film.

The DIFF jury called it “a powerful historical re-imagination that lays bare some of the chasms of trauma in our history and the effect that this has generationally,” adding, “The film offers a sensitive portrait of a powerful woman with full agency and highlights a narrative sensitive to gendered erasure.”

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Zandile Madliwa (Gwyneth in The Kissing Booth movies) stars as the young Lindi, while Ivy Nkutha (GenerationsFaith’s Corner) plays the older Lindi, who tells her story to Detective Kuda Maseko (Sisa Hewana from Isidingo) in the modern-day timeline.

Zandile Madliwa. Image Supplied

Other stars include Anele Matoti as Thomas and Clyde Berning as Constable Kobus Bernard.

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1960 was a passion project for SAFTA-winning and Annie Award-nominated composer Bruce Retief (Freedom RoadKhumbaZambezia), who drew on the spirit of the greats of Sophiatown for the score, and wrote and produced the film alongside Khaya Maseko. Co-producer and cinematographer Michael Mutombo directed the present-day scenes, while King Shaft (UzaloSkeem SaamIsibaya) directed the 60s timeline.

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