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Phumlani Pikoli. Photo by Tseliso Monaheng.

This South African Short Film Explores Boredom And Giving Meaning To One's Life

Watch "Our Lives Are Bought," a film adapted from a short story by author Phumlani Pikoli.

South African self-published author Phumlani Pikoli wore his heart on his sleeve on his debut collection of short stories, The Fatuous State of Severity. The book, which came out last year, explored, among other things, mental illness, class and race. The stories in the book are told in traditional prose and grimy comic strips.


A new edition of The Fatuous State of Severity will be published by Pan Macmillan in February 2018. And because Pikoli is a modern author, he also uses video to expand on the stories from his collection.

The latest story to get the film treatment is "To Shy Away in Silence," from The Fatuous State of Severity. The story was first published in 2015.

On the short film, titled "Our Lives Are Bought," we hear Pikoli soliloquizing about his life, while we see him struggling to know what to do with himself in his house.

"The film explores classed ideas around boredom and giving meaning to one's life," says Pikoli.

Watch the film below, follow Pikoli on Twitter and visit his website for PDF and audio versions of The Fatuous State of Severity.

Music

Listen to Tems' New EP 'If Orange Was A Place'

The buzzing Nigerian is also announcing her signing to Since '93/RCA Records and her placement as Apple Music's Up Next artist.

Tems is striking while the iron's hot and sharing her new 5-song EP, If Orange Was A Place.

The new release comes a few days after she dropped its lead single, "Crazy Tings," an addictive and bounce-heavy track produced by Ghanaian beatmaker GuiltyBeatz.

If Orange Was A Place also features a single guest appearance from American singer Brent Faiyaz — who lends his vocals to "Found" — and production from Jonah Christian. It was mixed and mastered by Spax.

The new EP comes alongside the news that Tems has signed to Since '93/RCA Records and been announced as Apple Music's latest Up Next artist.

Tems has been a highly-buzzing name in the last month with her feature on Drake's Certified Lover Boy, in which she appears on the song "Fountains," and for the massive popularity of her single alongside Wizkid, "Essence," which recently got a Justin Bieber remix.

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