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The African Cypher

Director Bryan Little & dancers scheduled to attend | May 18 & May 19

South Africa | 2012 | 89 minutes | Bryan Little

A survey of the extraordinary street dance styles across South Africa, director Bryan Little's award-winning documentary drills deeper into the philosophy of the dancer's self-expression and, especially, the souls of two extraordinary young performers. Ages 13+

May 18, 2013
SIFF Cinema Uptown Festival  
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May 19, 2013
AMC Pacific Place 11  
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This is the physicality of the dance; the awe of a body flowing through space, flipping, spinning, and snaking as if giving birth to a new means of self-expression. Across South African cities and townships, dance has long been a mirror of the community, replaying allegorical stories that both educate and entertain. Director Bryan Little harnesses the energy of the unique and diverse performance styles of isiPantsula and sBhujwa to Krump and B-boy. Crime and poverty may be a challenging reality in township life, but the dancers featured describe how their art has enriched their lives with new avenues, and pay it forward by engaging with youth through mentorship and dance training that breaks the cycle of crime and offers hope. Little's survey of dancers and styles returns often to an extraordinary duo, the Movers & Shakers, eventually following them to the expected narrative trope of the "Big Dance Competition." But, life is not a movie, and reality turns the audience's gaze beyond the stage. At times breathless and others profound, The African Cypher is a cinematic experience that explores the emotional journey of a performer.

Director Biography
South African filmmaker Bryan Little has filmed music videos, advertisements, clips for MTV, and a 2009 documentary called Fokofpolisiekar: Forgive Them For They Know Not What They Do about a South African Punk band, which won best Documentary at the 11th Encounters Documentary Festival. Little is the cofounder of the production company Fly On The Wall Productions.

Sponsored in part by Delta Air Lines, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, KNHC 89.5, Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas

Packaged Films


A boy imagines the different men he might become. With music by Koko & the Sweetmeats.
Director: Bryan Little
Premier Status: North America
Country: South Africa
Year: 2012
Running Time: 89 minutes
Producer: Filipa Domingues
Cinematographers: Grant Appleton
Editors: Grant Birch
Music: Simon Kohler
Website: http://www.facebook.com/TheAfricanCypher
Awards: Encounters South African International Documentary Festival 2012 (Audience Award); Durban International Film Festival 2012 (Best South African Documentary)
Filmography: Fokofpolisiekar: Forgive Them for They Know not What They Do (2009)
Language: English, Afrikaans, Zulu, Sotho, Tsotsitaal
HasSubTitles: Yes
Format: HDCAM
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