Directed by John Barker
Afrikaans, Tsotsi Taal and English, with subtitles in English
South Africa, 2006, 95 minutes
"This slice of life picture has a stylish, youthful energy, recalling early Spike Lee."
-The Hollywood Reporter
In director John Barker’s debut feature, up-and-coming comedians Kags, Joey, and Dave make clear that life in the ‘new’ Johannesburg is not just about hardship and townships. It’s also about finding humor in relationships, hanging out with friends. and celebrating life on a raucous roadtrip to Oppi Koppi—South Africa’s largest music festival. Shot in a cinema vérité style and using the street food ‘bunny chow’ as a metaphor for contemporary Johannesburg’s mix of races, cultures. and attitudes, Barker’s edgy, urban comedy asks us to envision a nation through the eyes of its future, rather than the tragedy of its past.
About the Director
John Barker was born in Durban, South Africa. He studied graphic design at ML Sultan in Durban. After working as a graphic designer in Cape Town, he made a change in career paths and began working in the film industry. He has directed various productions, such as the sketch comedy show, The Pure Monate Show, the South African Music Awards, and South Africa’s first mockumentary, Blu Cheez (2002). Bunny Chow is his first feature film.
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