Vice recently spoke with Harmony Korine and Die Antwoord’s Ninja and Yolandi Visser for an interview that you can find on their site here. Vice have also posted a number of pictures from the production of Umshini Wam, taken by Rachel Korine, here. A few other photos can be found on our forum here.
The Umshini Wam world premiere at SXSW on March 15 began with a video message from Korine. IndieWire, in their article here, offered this description of the video:
Korine couldn’t introduce the film last night, but he did send in a video message where the director – wearing running shoes on his hands, sunglasses and a Tupac Shakur sweater – apologized for not being able to appear in person, speaking in a stunted, seemingly stoned cadence. “I got stuck in this other place filming something that was really ridiculous, but I had to do it,” Korine said slowly. “We made this movie across 15 continents and over a couple of years and a few million dollars and in the end it was all worth it. I won’t give away too much other than to say I’m really excited you’re there, I wish I was there, I hope you enjoy this and I’ll talk to you very, very soon.”
Umshini Wam can currently be viewed on Vice‘s VBS.tv here.
Umshini Wam, Harmony Korine’s short film with Die Antwoord, will be available at midnight tonight (USA EST) on Vice‘s VBS.tv. From that time you will be able to find the film here.
Harmony Korine’s short film with Die Antwoord is scheduled to have it’s world premiere at the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, on March 15. The film prior to production was going by the name Wat Kyk Jy but now has the title Umshini Wam.
According to details given on the SXSW website here, Umshini Wam is 16-minutes in length and cinematography is by Alexis Zabe, who is perhaps best known for the 2007 Carlos Reygadas film Silent Light. The plot is also given as follows:
Big dreams, big blunts, big rims, and big guns. It’s time to get gangsta gangsta. Ninja and Yo Landi are wheelchair-bound lovers and real gangstas. They live in the outskirts of civilization, they shoot guns for fun, smoke massive joints, and sleep in the woods. They don’t have any bling to show for their gangsta cred, but the world deserves to know who they are. They’re tramps, and their wheels are starting to fall off. Ninja become despondent over their vagabond existence, but Yo Landi won’t let him give up. What ensues is straight up gangsta mayhem, the realist of the real, true gangsta shit.