With ‘Kalushi,’ South Africans finally get to portray themselves in a film about the anti-apartheid struggle

One of the most unique features of a new South African biopic about an anti-apartheid hero earning accolades worldwide is the nationality of the people behind and in front of the camera: for a change, they’re South African.

Kalushi portrays the true story of Solomon Mahlangu, a 19-year-old hawker from Mamelodi, a large township just outside of Pretoria, who joined the South African liberation movement after being brutally beaten by apartheid police in 1976. The film tracks Mahlangu’s...



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