Sew the Winter to My Skin

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A rousing, action-adventure-epic set in early 1950's rural South Africa, chronicling the captivating chase and suspenseful capture of the native outlaw, John Kepe. This self-proclaimed "Samson of the Boschberg" inevitably became a political threat to the very fabric of the ruling colonial society


Critic Reviews for Sew the Winter to My Skin

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (2)

  • While the project of infusing a local legend with grandly cinematic, mythic status is a worthy one, the film can't quite get out of its own way, and the result is incoherently at odds with itself...

    Oct 6, 2018 | Full Review…

    Jessica Kiang

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  • Qubeka's largely wordless, diffuse, time-scrambled narrative feels willfully confusing at first, but it rewards patient viewers with its sensory riches and hypnotic rhythms.

    Sep 14, 2018 | Full Review…
  • It's a perfect union of genre, mythology and political filmmaking, using generic tropes and familiar narrative patterns both to lampoon colonialism and to reflect on the ways that all westerns are in some way about myth.

    May 22, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • These are very exciting times in what I now firmly believe is the healthiest branch of South African art.

    Mar 6, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Overall, it was an enjoyable experience, one that I would encourage other people to watch too.

    Feb 8, 2019 | Full Review…
  • While Qubeka's visual aesthetic is strong...Sew the Winter to my Skin never feels as impactful as the man whose myth it is telling.

    Dec 16, 2018 | Rating: D+ | Full Review…

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