The Swenkas

Jeppe Rønde, Denmark, 2005

73 min.DK/Documentary

This documentary is a portrait of the Swenkas, a small group of working men in post-apartheid South Africa. Men who take great pride in putting on a flashy suit and stand out as an inspiration for others. The film tells their story and why the 'dressing up' is not just something external and inconstant, but an integrated part of their internal spiritual and mental life, of their past, present and future.
Basic information Credits Festivals & awards Materials
Original title The Swenkas
Danish title The Swenkas
Keywords Blacks, Identity, Swanking, 2000-2009, South Africa, Performance, Clothes
Director Jeppe Rønde
Producer Rasmus Thorsen, Anne Diemer
Director of Photography Lars Skree, Sebastian Winterø, Nicolaas Hofmeyr
Editor Olivier Bugge Coutté
Sound Rune Palving
Composer Povl Kristian
Production country Denmark
Production company Cosmo Film
Domestic distribution Filmcompagniet - SF Film, Warner og Twentieth Century Fox
International sales First Hand Films World Sales
Technical info 35 mm, Cinemascope, color, Dolby, SRD
Danish theatrical release 09.12.2005
Cinemas Vester Vov Vov, Grand, Café Biografen (Odense), Øst for Paradis (Århus)
DFI subsidy Konsulentstøtte
Danish rating Allowed for all
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Production company Cosmo Film
Domestic distribution Filmcompagniet - SF Film, Warner og Twentieth Century Fox


Direction Jeppe Rønde


Text Jeppe Rønde
Text Kim Leona


Producer Rasmus Thorsen
Producer Anne Diemer
Production: Denmark Susanne Fosgaard Nielsen
Production: South Africa Melanie Meyer
Production assistant Christina West Pihl
Production coordinator: post-production Susanne Fosgaard Nielsen


Cinematography Lars Skree
Cinematography Sebastian Winterø
Cinematography Nicolaas Hofmeyr
First assistant camera Jeppe Rønde
First assistant camera Larissa Peters
Key grip Brett Saint Clair
Key grip Sylvester Kumwenda


Stills Lars Skree
Stills Sebastian Winterø


Editing Olivier Bugge Coutté
Editing supervisor Janus Billeskov Jansen
Assistant editor Nikolaj Viborg


Music Povl Kristian
Music producer Jeppe Rønde


Wardrobe Larissa Peters


Sound Rune Palving
Boom operator Lenny Nzoyi
Sound mixer Christian Testmann
Music mixer Matias la Cour

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Awards and nominations

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Award Year Festival
Gold Dok Best Cinematography 2005 CPH:DOX 2005
Gold Dok of the Year 2005 CPH:DOX 2005
Special Mention 2005 Odense Internationale Film Festival 2005
Special Jury Prize for Direction Int. Documentary 2005 Toronto, Hot Docs Int. Documentary Festival 2005
Nominated for the Joris Ivens Award 2004 Amsterdam, IDFA 2004

Festival screenings

Festival Festival date
Helsinki Doc Point Documentary Film Festival 2014-01-28
Helsinki Doc Point Documentary Film Festival 2007-01-24
Dokufest Prizren 2006-08-08
Warszawa, Against Gravity 2006-05-12
Nyon, Visions du Réel 2006-04-17
CPH:DOX 2005-11-04
Rio de Janeiro Film Festival 2005-09-22
Odense Internationale Film Festival 2005-08-11
Melbourne Film Festival 2005-07-20
Cape Town, Encounters South African Int. Documentary Film Festival 2005-07-15
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2005-07-01
SilverDocs AFI Documentary Festival 2005-06-14
München Documentary Festival 2005-05-06
Toronto, Hot Docs Int. Documentary Festival 2005-04-22
New York Tribeca Film Festival 2005-04-21
Thessaloniki Documentary Festival 2005-04-01
Göteborg International Film Festival 2005-01-28
Amsterdam, IDFA 2004-11-18
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Reviews and articles

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Program - stumfilm & mikro
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