Sizwe Banzi Is Dead Essay

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Annette Petruso is a freelance author and screenwriter in Austin, TX. In the following essay, Petrusso discusses the role of photography in Sizwe Bansi Is Dead.

Athol Fugard has maintained that the genesis of Sizwe Bansi Is Dead lies in an unforgettable photograph he saw hanging in a studio window. It was of a South African black man wearing his best suit and an angelic smile. He carried a pipe, a walking stick, and a newspaper.

Styles is selling Bansi dreams of more than what is currently available to him under apartheid. Styles's photograph is made up of several lies about Bansi, though the man's face can never hide the truth of his life.

Something about this photography spoke deeply to Fugard, and his collaborators on the play, actors Winston Ntshona and John Kani. They speculated on the man's life as they wrote the play. Thus, Sizwe Bansi...

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