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Son of Man (Drury @ The Moxie)

  • Starring: Pauline Malefane, Andile Kosi, Andries Mbali, Zorro Sidloyi, More
  • Director: Mark Dornford-May
  • Genre(s): Art House & International, Drama, Faith & Spirituality
  • Languages: Xhosa, English
  • Rating: NR
  • Running Time: 86 min.

Dr. Teresa J. Hornsby will lead a post show discussion of the film.

Great insights to great films courtesy of Drury’s Humanities faculty.

This series is made possible by a grant from the Missouri Humanities Council.

Son of Man (2006) is a powerful retelling of the story of Jesus. South African director Mark Dornford-May stays true to the Gospel stories but transposes first century Judea’s extreme poverty, perpetual cycle of violence, and its depravity of corrupt politicians to a contemporary, Soweto-esque township in South Africa. This film is an innovative and visually stunning presentation of that well-known story. More than any other “Jesus” film, it transcends historical context by portraying the destitution of the time, while conveying the sliver of hope that began within a small circle of revolutionaries and spread to millions. The personal is political.

"Well-acted, beautifully photographed and edited, it's a brisk story told with African music and universal pathos."
- Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel
"Son of Man boils down the life of Jesus Christ to 86 concise minutes, restoring layers of political motivation largely absent from The Passion of the Christ and adding stirring original vocal music."
- Dennis Harvey, Variety

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