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I Mike What I Like
Jyoti Mistry

I Mike What I Like, the world’s first spoken word film, is a riveting tour de force of visual poetry. It offers a visceral connection with language and a fluid, narrative, cinematic experience that is a kaleidoscopic visual interpretation of Kgafela oa Magogodi’s powerful words. The film is a roving conversation of words, images, text, music, graphics and performance set to jazz improvisation and action painting. I Mike What I Like navigates a roller coaster ride via the birth pains of a young society through its premature initiation on the seething streets of the city of Johannesburg to the deepest moments of internal intimacy. Kgafela speaks the unspeakable and mikes what he likes in the tradition of Steve Biko, Ayi Kwei Armah, and Dambudzo Marechera. I Mike What I Like is based on the stage play of the same title that was part of the 52 Seasons at the South African State Theatre, Pretoria.

Aspect ratio 1.78:1 (4:3 Letterbox)
Prod. format Generic SD-video
Duration 00:50:31
Language English
Color Color
Sound Stereo
Year 2006
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About the artist

Jyoti Mistry

Born in Durban, South Africa in 1970, Mistry works with film as an interplay between cinematic traditions and installation art. Her films have screened at festivals including Toronto, Winterthur, Rotterdam and Durban and in exhibitions at Kunsthaus Zürich, Museum der Moderne Salzburg and Kunsthalle Wien. She has been artist in residence at the Netherlands Film Academy in Amsterdam and the California College of the Arts in San Francisco and was a member of the International Short Film Jury at the 68th Berlinale. She is currently professor for film at the University of Gothenburg.