The tale of Samson of Boschberg, John Kepe is one that I discovered only through seeing Jahmil X.T Qubeka’s ode to the mysterious hero-villain character that is believed to have lived in the 1900s in Somerset East.
In the two hours long cinematic exploration of Kepe’s life, director Jahmil seems to be telling the story from the other side, which is welcome because in every story there are three versions: your version, my version, and the truth.
Sew the winter to my skin, is a tale about the enigmatic John Kepe, who became the self-proclaimed Samson of the Boschberg Mountains.
Kepe (Ezra Mabengeza) spends his time terrorizing white farmers, stealing their livestock and supplies to give it back to impoverished local communities. General Botha (Peter Kurth) a struggling World War II veteran becomes obsessed with the mission to capture the elusive Kepe.
With the help of the law enforcer Black Wyatt Earp (Zolisa Xaluva) we go down the journey of the capture Kepe and see things a little bit more from his perspective.