Skip to main content

MY COUNTRY MY HAT

South Africa, 1982 (MIFF 1983)

Director: David Bensusan

Piet has lost his clothes and hat in a robbery. One day he sees a black cyclist wearing his hat, and, chasing him, runs him down with his garbage truck. Meanwhile James, an urban black without passport, and therefore illegally in the city, has found employment with Sarah, Piet's wife, misleading her about his papers. To Piet's surprise, James is now wearing the stolen hat, and so possibly has witnessed the murder. Piet, becoming obsessed with the discovery of his crime, subjects James to a series of blunt interrogations, and when he doesn't succeed, he resorts to the exploitation of James' illegal status.

See also...

Saturday Parade

A candid camera's coverage of the Cape Town Parade on a typical Saturday, from early morning until midnight. ... More »

The Storekeeper

An elderly man owns an isolated general store in rural South Africa. After suffering a series of burglaries which culminate in the murder of a night-watchman the storekeeper finally takes the law ... More »

South African Mosaic

Against the vista of modern South Africa this film tells of the four main races &ndash: their origin work, education, religion, welfare and recreation. ... More »

Iyeza

A bold allegory on The Last Supper, Zimbabwean-born multimedia artist Kudzanai Chiurai's Iyeza is an absorbing, powerful piece of cinematic painting exploring the violence at the heart of what ... More »

MAPANTSULA

Theatre and stage director/writer Thomas Mogonane has gathered a cast of experienced black television and stage actors for Mapantsula and probably the films greatest strength lies in its ability to ... More »

FUCK OFF POLICE CAR

β€œIt's a band that changed South African music, and that's as big a legacy as you can get.” ... Putting together an Afrikaans punk band started out as a kind of joke for the members of Fuck Off ... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director