Makazole Mapimpi documentary to break new ground

Makazole Mapimpi documentary to break new ground

BY Thomas Tomiwa

Makazole Mapimpi is arguably one of the most captivating South African sportsmen with his heartbreaking story only partially told to date.

Ryobi has partnered with award-winning filmmakers to bring a groundbreaking documentary to our screens.

Makazole Mapimpi documentary coming soon

A complex and nuanced story told from the perspective of award-winning journalist Sibusiso Mjikeliso, who conducts interviews with the various subjects between the Eastern Cape, Gauteng and Kwa-Zulu Natal.

The documentary’s director (of Dinner at Somizi’s fame), Bongani Morgan, says: “Map1mp1 is a hero’s journey story structure like no other, considering the trials and tribulations Makazole had to tackle in order to become the first South African to score a try in a Rugby World Cup Final.

“From Twecu to Tokyo we uncover the raw Eastern Cape culture, juxtaposed with maladministration. It’s a doccie layered in dichotomy, especially with some of our country’s finest talent being Eastern Cape exports – the likes of Siya Kolisi, Lukhanyo Am, the Ndungane Brothers to name a few.”

Makazole Mapimpi documentary trailer

Telling a South African story

Morgan adds: “It’s been a highlight of my career working on this project. Thank you to RYOBI for having the vision and bravery to tell this story, and to Makazole for allowing us to tell it.”

Stevens concludes: “Map1mp1 is a celebration of the grit, determination and hustle associated with being South African and we are so proud to see it flighting after the nearly 18 months of work that has been invested in it by our partners Retroactive and 10th Street.”

John Stevens, CEO of Ryobi South Africa says: “We are passionate and proud South Africans and are committed to empowering our customers with the right tools to solve the unique challenges that our countrymen and women face on a daily basis.”

Map1mp1 premieres on SuperSport Grandstand (201) on 27 March 2022 at 20:00.

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