Privilege of youth is wasted on the young

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Director: Sibs Shongwe-La Mer

Featuring: Sibs Shongwe-La Mer, Bonko Cosmo Khoza, Colleen Balchin, Kamegolo Moloi, Emma Tollman, Kelly Bates.


When a newly democratic country in 1994 imagined its future youth, was today’s young people what it had in mind? The Nelson Mandela generation never imagined it would produce delinquents who don’t hold themselves accountable.

The truth is, today’s youngsters are lost children of this legacy – lost in their own privilege and are unaware of the way that their actions affects the way that South Africa operates on a wider scale.

Necktie Youth tells the story of a youth that is wasting away their lives because they are desperate need for escapism, running from reality when reality is all that they have. Necktie Youth is in many ways an authentic description of the state of a troubled youth.

It shows the supposed depth of the people who live their lives in a bubble, drowning in themselves, not knowing themselves and those around them.

They are of the mind-set that they are far removed from the world but blind to the fact that their actions have consequences.

Let’s assume that Necktie youth is some sort of wake-up call. A cinematic expression of the very overt demise of the irresponsible youth. But why should they take responsibility for being here? Why shouldn’t they live their lives far removed for the chaos of the concrete jungle?

In an idealistic way, it’s easy to want to see Necktie Youth as a film about social commentary, telling the story from the other side of the high-rise Sandton fences. But social commentary aside, all this film really does is represent the elite 1% of Johannesburg’s youth.

Despite the great cinematic elements of this Necktie Youth, it’s nothing more than a disgusting illustration of the state of decay the youth of Johannesburg have become. Between the drugs, vomiting, sexual violence and death, the film makes you want to hate these little delusional brats!

In addition, don’t expect to see black women throughout the film. Necktie Youth basically failed to represent a whole demographic of people, but oh well.

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