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'Black Panther' Rakes In R16.8 Million In Its Opening Weekend In South Africa

Numbers do not lie.

Black Panther opened in South Africa on Friday.

The hype didn't just end on Twitter, as the movie's box office numbers are impressive and record-breaking.


According to a report by SowetanLIVE, Black Panther earned R16.8 million ($1.4 million) in its opening weekend (16 to 18 February), and attracted more than 200k viewers.

This is the biggest ever opening for a Marvel Studios movie in South Africa. It is also the third biggest opening weekend in the country.

Black Panther has received mostly positive reviews from both media and the general public alike in South Africa.

Issues of representation, great depiction of Africa and Africans and the visibility of black women, are among some of the many things the movie gets right. And the humor is great, too.

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South African Filmmaker Carmen Sangion Unpacks Her Short Film 'Uncertainty'

Uncertainty, a film about a couple's emotional battles during lockdown, forms part of the global nine-chapter anthology project titled One(Nine).

During the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020, nine filmmakers isolating in various parts of the world came together for a collective experiment. The global team of female filmmakers worked on short films which formed part of the anthology One(Nine), a nine-chapter project of perspectives and experiences — real, unreal, fiction, non-fiction and everything in between.

The team included Canada's Ingrid Veninger, Mina Shum, Isa Benn and Slater Jewell-Kemker, as well as Dorothee Wenner (Germany), Shengze Zhu (China/USA), Carmen Sangion (South Africa) and Lydia Zimmermann (Spain). One(Nine) premiered digitally at Canada's Female Eye Film Festival that ran from March 12to 29.

For this piece, South Africa's Carmen Sangion dissects Uncertainty, a film which interrogates Black men's vulnerability and mental health struggles through the lens of one couple's relationship battles during lockdown.

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