Mahlangu family's green light for biopic

13 May 2016 - 08:57 By Sipho Masombuka

The screening of Kalushi: The Story of Solomon Mahlangu at the Cannes film festival in France has come as a surprise to the hanged struggle icon's family.Spokesman Gideon Mahlangu said: "This is new to us. We do not know anything about this," when The Times asked for comment.The biopic is one of four South African films screened at the SA National Film and Video Foundation's pavilion at the event that opened on Wednesday.However, Mahlangu said he was not fazed by the screening in France without the family's knowledge, saying the producers had the right to market the movie as they deemed fit."As long as it does not bring the legacy and memory of [Solomon] into disrepute, we do not have a problem at all," he said.Mahlangu said the family was satisfied with their dealings with the producers, saying they were the first to see the trailer.He said the family had watched the entire film in order to raise any concerns. One discrepancy Mahlangu pointed out was that Solomon did not cry when he was sentenced to death - as was portrayed in the film.In 1977 Mahlangu - an Umkhonto weSizwe cadre - was hanged for murder and terrorism.

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