In May of 2008, in the informal settlement of the east Rand near Johannesburg, Mozambican immigrant, Ernesto Nhamuave was burned alive while bystanders laughed. The violence eventually queted down, but its root causes weren't addressed seriously. The event inspired director Akin Omotoso to write Man on Ground, and the resulting film is not merely the work of a talented and socially engaged filmmaker bearing witness - it is, in Omotoso's own words, "a strong appeal for healing". The movie is set to be released this January 25th, 2013
Ade (Hakeem Kae-Kazim) and Femi (Fabian Adeoye Lojede) are expatriate Nigerian brothers, Ade is a successful banker in London, while Femi, once a political dissident in his home country, has had to escape to South Africa, live in refuge tenements and work menial jobs. The brothers have not only been physically estranged, their relationship is riddled with unspoken betrayal, guilt, and scorn, which they have carried since the early days of their youth.
During a short visit to johannesburg, Ade discovers that his brother has been missing for a week. he sets out to investigate Femi's mysterious disappearance, reconstructing the pieces of his everyday life and the cruel hardships he endured just to survive. A riot erupts while Ade is visiting Femi's former Boss (Fana Mokoena) in one of the townships. Ade is forced to take shelter with the employer. The Mounting violence outside seeps into their exchanges and, eventually, prompts an explosion of revelation.
Fabian Adeoye Lojede