Teboho Edkins


Christian Berger Documentary Film Competition
Thabo, Thabiso, and Moalosi are young, urban Basotho men on a mission. They travel with a mobile cinema unit through the mountains of Lesotho, screening their film to very remote communities. In a country where almost a third of the people are HIV-positive, they are the nucleus of a tiny group who are living openly with the virus. They are pioneers and publicly declare their HIV–positive status. They are also film stars and are attractive to women. read more

Coming of Age

For two years, Teboho Edkin has been following the daily lives of four teenagers who live in a remote village in the mountainous kingdom of Lesotho in southern Africa.  And as the title indicates – it is about coming of age, of life between traditions and awakenings, duty and obstinacy. For all the small and large questions which are dealt with in COMING OF AGE, Teboho Edkins finds impressive pictures. Archaic, yet strangely familiar.  



SA/DE 2015
Regie: Teboho Edkins
63 min, Colour/DCP/Original with English subtitles
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Crazy Doc’s Short Film Collection

MAN WOLLTE MARX Christine Mansfeld, Äthiopien/Deutschland 2010, 30 min Der ostdeutsche Künstler Jo Jastram hat das Karl-Marx-Denkmal in Addis Abeba gefertigt, das Erich Honecker 1984 dem äthiopischen Staatsführer Haile Mariam Mengistu zur Gründung der äthiopischen Arbeiterpartei schenkte. In Anwesenheit des Koproduzenten Friedrich Engelhardt (Goethe-Institut).

1717 KILOMETERS Jurij Meden, Slowenien 2010, 27 min Eine kleine Hommage an die Balkan-Halbinsel.

BIRRI Melanie Hollaus, Daniel Dlouhy, Österreich 2010, 12 min Portrait Fernando Birri entstanden während des 19. IFFI 2010. read more

Gangster Backstage

In GANGSTER BACKSTAGE, the protagonists of GANGSTER PROJECT talk, guided by subtle questions, about their experiences, hopes and dreams. Emphatic moments of great intimacy counteract with idiosyncratic scenes, in which Edkins lets his actors improvise in the smallest spaces. Nightmarish.

SA 2013
Regie: Teboho Edkins
38 min, Colour, DCP, Original with English subtitles
Double Feature with Gangster Project

Gangster Project

He did not want to shoot a film about gangsters, but a film with gangsters, says Teboho Edkins and travelled with a cameraman to Bonteheuwel, the poorest neighbourhood in Cape Town. In fact, what he experiences there has nothing to do with the common belief of gangster kitsch and popular “Scarface” idolatry. A blunt portrait of a meaningless and likewise hopeless world.

SA/D 2011
Regie: Teboho Edkins
55 min, Colour, DCP, Original with English subtitles
Double Feature with Gangster Backstage
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„Half of it is the static self-operated camera of the video diary of an HIV+ friend of mine in Lesotho and the other a fiction in Paris. Moalusi Thabane is a close friend of mine and this shows in the intimate, powerful images he sends me. Love in Lesotho becomes more of a physical experience while the love in Paris (inspired by the 1960s dialogue of Jean-Luc Godard’s films) turns in circles. As the story unfolds, somehow the two subjects, which could not have been more in contrast, find a common thread.“ (T. Edkins) read more