Portrait of Samwel Japhet


A short film based on a true story of a dance artist Samwel Japhet 

“I ran away from home between the ages of six and eight years old. I lived as a street kid in different parts of Tanzania for over 10 years. When I moved to the city (Dar es Salaam) I didn’t have a place to stay. I joined different gang groups specializing in snatching and stealing vehicle parts for a living. I would have been dead by now but Art saved me and gave me a new life and I have found a new home in dance.”

Directed/Shot & Edited by: Frank Papushka 2019
Assisted by: Cuthbert Oise & The Matrix 
Dance Artist: Samwel Japhet
Language: Swahili with English subtitles
Duration: 2min 20sec

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Samwel Japhet
Photo: Nicholas Calvin