What’s that, a South African based Step-Up like coming of age dance movie? And it’s actually pretty good? I didn’t see this coming at all. Pulling together some functional yet heart-warming plots, some great dance scenes and some fantastic local talent, Hear Me Move is more than you would have expected.
Hear Me Move focuses on the sbujwa dance scene in Johannesburg (what the uninvolved might just have called pantsula). The plot focuses on Muzi (Dzedeze) a young man at a crossroads in his life. Son of the most acclaimed dancer in the whole city, he must decide whether to try to take up his father’s life or find his own way. Along the way he’ll come into conflict with Prince (Kgoroge) the arrogant leader of a dance crew who sees Muzi as an interloper.
The main plot is functional in essence, but where the movie really shines is in how it shows off this amazing subculture and world, and you really get the feeling that the filmmakers knew who they were talking to and what they were doing. The film is filled with local dance talent, the dance scenes are vibrant and exciting, and both fans of sbujwa and newcomers will find something to enjoy here.
With a crisp, high quality production standard and a great deal of love, Hear Me Move is a great film to have come out for the dance audience enthusiasts.