Meanwhile in Mamelodi

Meanwhile in Mamelodi

Feature Films

Set against the raucous backdrop of the 2010 World Cup, Meanwhile in Mamelodi is a beautifully crafted portrait of a place and one family’s daily life inside it. The Mtsweni family lives in the Pretoria township of the title, in the district known as Extension 11. Their world is a ramshackle collection of corrugated tin dwellings and makeshift shops, open sewers littered with debris and red-earth rectangles filled with soccer-playing children and teens. Seventeen-year-old Moskito is one of those kids. As she studies for math tests, flirts with boys and shops with her best friend, her father Steven prepares his “tuck shop” for the promise of cash-flush tourists. Meanwhile, his wife struggles with mental illness.  

The Mtswenis’ lives unfold as the Cup brings new hope to the ravaged town. Extension 11 buzzes with the drone of vuvuzelas, signaling a new South Africa has arrived. Despite the poverty around her, Moskito insists this is not her parents’ country. She is the face of South Africa’s future – part of “a new generation free to do all things.” Moskito’s story is told with tremendous musicality – a sense of rhythm and vibration permeates each scene. Through a rich color palette of turquoise, gold and red, director Benjamin Kahlmeyer imbues his frame with texture and life, illustrating a potent hope emerging from the rubble.

– Sara Dosa, San Francisco Film Society


South Africa 2010/11, 74min, HD    
Director: Benjamin Kahlmeyer
DoP: Stefan Neuberger
Editing: Benjamin Entrup
Producer: Boris Frank
Composer: John Gürtler & Jan Miserre
Sound: Jonathan Schorr
Translations: Frauke Wiegand & Thabo Thindi
  A production of Jolle Film and SWR with backing from MFG Filmförderung Baden-Württemberg




  • HBO Emerging Artist Award –
    Hot Docs Toronto 2012
  • Nomination for Best Cinematography –
    Doc Planete Warsaw 2012
  • Nomination for Best Cinematography –
    German Cinematography Award 2012
  • Nomination Golden Key –
    Kasseler Film und Videofest 2011
  • Honorable Mention –
    San Francisco Film Festival 2012
  • Special Jury Mention for Cinematic Vision –
    Camden Int. Film Festival 2012
  • Dutch Golden Stone for Best Documentary –
    Scenecs Debut Film Festival 2012
  • Best Film „Sports&Society“ –
    ATLANT International Sports Film Festival 2012
  • Nomination for David L. Wolper Award –
    Int. Documentary Association, L.A. 2012
  • Nomination for Spotlight Award –
    Cinema Eye Honors 2012, NYC
  • DokLeipzig 2011
  • Kasseler Dokumentarfilm und Videofest 2011
  • Margaret Mead Film Festival 2012, New York
  • Scenecs Debut Film Festival 2012, Amersfoort NL
  • ChopShots Documentary Film Festival 2012, Jakarta
  • Guanajuato International Film Festival 2012
  • San Francisco International Film Festival 2012
  • Camden International Film Festival 2012
  • Hot Docs Toronto 2012
  • Durban International Film Festival 2012
  • TriContinental Film Festival 2012, Johannesburg
  • Abu Dhabi International Film Festival 2012
  • DocHouse Beursschouwburg 2012, Brussels
  • DocPlanete 2012, Warsaw
  • Doxa FilmFest 2012, Vancouver
  • Human Rights Arts and Film Festival 2012, Melbourne
  • Montreal International Documentary Festival
  • ATLANT Int. Sports Film Festival, Lipetsk, Russia
  • 11mm Fussball Filmfestival 2012, Berlin
  • International Film Festival Aubagne 2013
  • Frequency Film Festival San Diego 2013
  • Doc’est 2013, Cluj, Romania
  • International Film Festival Espinho 2013, Portugal