Music has always had the ability to both define a population’s culture and function as a bridge between communities. In South Africa, rock music has for the most part been limited to white communities. But, according to a short film by Johannesburg-based writer and filmmaker Wim Steytler, a “microscopic” group of black punk and metal is emerging in the country’s historic Soweto township in the city of Johannesburg.
Just over seven minutes long, Black Black Metal is a brief look at an emerging culture that is challenging longheld stereotypes about music and how music is related to race in South Africa, a culturally segregated society.
The documentary follows skate kids and members of bands like Reeburth and Demogoroth Satanum as they navigate this unique world.