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Monday, January 16 at 7:00pm O Cinema South Beach

USA | 66 minutes | 2022

This Is National Wake

Southeast US Premiere

This Is National Wake traces the wild rise of a multiracial South African punk band, dubbed “the band that defied apartheid,” whose members risked everything to bring about freedom. This dynamic film offers a profound meditation on how history is lived through art and in our minds. In 1979, South Africa’s fascist regime kept blacks and whites separate and unequal. But three young men — a white guitarist from Johannesburg’s Jewish side and two black Shangaan sibling musicians from Soweto — dared to launch the band National Wake. In a time and place where it was illegal for them to play or live together, their band and its fans fought back with music, smashing every law to rebel — and filmed themselves doing so in astonishing Super 8 footage. This Is National Wake is a dreamlike immersion into a utopian journey, whose lasting lessons about imagining an anti-racist world resound as loudly today as this historic band’s rollicking sound.

Following the film premiere, there will be a special live performance by National Wake band member and film subject Ivan Kadey.

Director Mirissa Neff and film subject Ivan Kadey will be in attendance to introduce the film premiere and participate in a Q&A afterward.

Director's Bio

Directed by Mirissa Neff

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Mirissa Neff is an African-American filmmaker with a background in journalism and photography. She has worked as a producer and correspondent for PBS’s “Sound Tracks” and “Quick Hits” programs, National Geographic’s “Voyager,” and has reported for various public radio programs.

Cast and Credits


Mirissa Neff


Mirissa Neff


Philip Bell, Nadine Kadey


Doug Lenox, Mirissa Neff


Ivan Kadey, Gary Khoza, Punka Khoza

Film Info






66 minutes


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