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20 November 2017 13:53 (South Africa)
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Brit Marling: Sound of my Voice movie review

  • Richard Poplak
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    Richard Poplak

    Richard Poplak was born and lives in Johannesburg, South Africa. He trained as a filmmaker and fine artist at Montreal’s Concordia University and has produced and directed numerous short films, music videos and commercials. Now a full-time writer, Richard is a senior contributor at South Africa’s leading news site, Daily Maverick, and a frequent contributor to publications all over the world. He is a member of Deca Stories, the international long-form non-fiction collective.

    His first book was the highly acclaimed Ja, No, Man: Growing Up White in Apartheid-Era South Africa (Penguin, 2007); his follow-up was entitled The Sheikh’s Batmobile: In Pursuit of American Pop-Culture in the Muslim World (Soft Skull, 2010). Poplak has also written the experimental journalistic graphic novel Kenk: A Graphic Portrait (Pop Sandbox, 2010). His election coverage from South Africa’s 2014 election, written under the nom de plume Hannibal Elector, was collected as Until Julius Comes: Adventures in the Political Jungle (Tafelberg, 2014).  Ja, No, Man was longlisted for the Alan Paton Non-Fiction prize, shortlisted for the University of Johannesburg Literary Award and voted one of the Top-10 books of 2007 by Now Magazine. Richard has won South Africa’s Media-24 Best Feature Writing Award and a National Magazine Award in Canada.

    Since 2010, Poplak has been travelling across Africa, seeking out the catalysts and characters behind the continent’s 21stcentury metamorphosis. The coming book, co-authored with Kevin Bloom, is called The Shift

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Photo: Mark Tatham (Jiminy Cricket), Kanyi Nokwe (Pinocchio) & Ilse Klink (Bella Blues Fairy). Photo: Supplied

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By Lesley Stones
Photo: Thembisa Mdoda performs in The Children’s Monologues at the Market Theatre on Monday. Photo: Supplied

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AmaBookaBooka: A Trail-Blazing Book

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Theatre Review: Chance in the form of a suitcase

By Nkateko Mabaso
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AmaBookaBooka: Jennifer, Queen of the Free State (Podcast)

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Theatre Review: Laughing Matters in this lunatic asylym that is 2017

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Photo: Cecil the Lion in 2010. Photo: Flickr

Op-Ed: Did Oxford University researchers sanction hunting of Cecil the lion and his son, Xanda?

By Don Pinnock
Photo: Lesley Smailes

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Book Extract: The Presidency and the Constitution, from Nelson Mandela and Mandla Langa’s Dare Not Linger

By Mandla Langa
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Book extract: Being blasted by the Mistral during a kayak (mis)adventure

By Terry Bell
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Photos by Christiaan Kotze

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Photos: Suzy Bernstein.

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Photo by Seth Willingham on Unsplash.

Op-Ed: Secularism, religiosity and human rights

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By Pieter-Dirk Uys
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The Interview: Mark Heywood

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Photo Essay: Ibrahim, Keita lead the pack at 20th annual Joy of Jazz

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Photo: A hand stitched image from The Number exhibition by Manuela Gray, courtesy of Manuela Gray

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Main photo: Catholic Cathedral, Pella, Northern Cape, South Africa (SATOUR)

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By ANTHONY EGAN
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By Janet Heard
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By Rebecca Davis
Graphic illustration: The image shows Dr Pierre Durand, project leader of the Evolution of Complexity Laboratory in the Evolutionary Studies Institute at Wits University.  A simple RNA molecule such as the one depicted here is an example of what may have been responsible for the evolution of complex life as we know it. Photo sources: Wits University and Unsplash

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Main image: Morning in the prison yard. 8am. The two prisoners in the foreground are carrying out bath water from the kitchen. The other prisoner brings our flasks of boiling water. The awaiting trial prisoners line up for breakfast on the left. The convicted line up on the right. The three prisoners facing the wall are waiting for sanitary pads. They will get three each for the day. Painting and description by Fatima Meer.

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