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The Swenkas

  • Release Date: Nov 09, 2005
  • Runtime: 1 hr. 12 min.
  • Genres: Beauty & Fashion, Biography, Culture & Society, Sociology
  • Director:Jeppe Ronde


In South Africa, when the country was still in the grip of apartheid, men from the nation's rural areas often journeyed to the cities in search of work. Hoping to impress the families they left behind, the men would often buy stylish new suits for their visits back home, and practice looking slick for their friends and neighbors. Over time, this behavior evolved into a practice called "swenking," in which working-class South Africans would meet on a regular basis for competitions in which they would see...more

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