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Title:

SHEPHERDS AND BUTCHERS

Title German:IM TODESTRAKT
Country:Südafrika, USA, Deutschland  2016
Format:DCP
Aspect ratio:Scope
Colour:Colour
Language:OF m. dt. UT
Length:106 Minutes
Film series:15. Afrika Film Festival


Director :Schmitz, Oliver
Screenplay:Cox, Brian
 Marnewick, Chris
Cinematography:Striker, Leah
Editing:Gill, Megan
 Meier, Isabel
Music:Hepker, Paul
  
Cast:Coogan, Steve
 Dowds, Garion
 Hobbs, Robert
 Riseborough, Andrea



Storyline



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South Africa, 1987: 19-year-old white man Leon Labuschagne is driving along a country road close to Pretoria one rainy night, when he is harassed by a minibus. A wild car chase ensues, before both vehicles come to a standstill in a remote area. When the door to the bus opens, the young white man starts shooting at those inside without warning. Seven black members of a football team are killed. The young white man is arrested and stands trial. It seems inevitable that he will be sentenced to death and his defence counsel appears to be fighting a losing battle until he finds out that the young white man once worked as an executioner of black resistance fighters on death row in a high-security prison. Director Oliver Schmitz based his courtroom drama SHEPHERDS AND BUTCHERS on real events and puts forward an intense and compelling plea to end the death penalty. The WDR television and arte co-produced the film.

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