This is a story about the Swenkas, a small group of working Zulu men in post-apartheid South Africa; men who every Saturday night leave their grimy overalls behind and wear their best Carducci or Pierre Cardin suits to impress the weekly selected judge. These men are called the Swenkas, and they have run this fashion show for so many years that no one remembers exactly when – or even why – it all began. Normally the prize for best suit and style of the night is money, but on special occasions like Christmas, the winner walks home with a live goat or even a cow on a leash. And this film starts off at Christmas time. It follows the youngest Swenka, Sabelo (now 31), in the most turbulent time of his life. He has to bury his father just a week before Christmas – and only a week before his own wedding. But not only has Sabelo lost a father, his father was also the leader of the Swenkas, and now Sabelo and his fellow Swenkas find themselves in a state of incertitude. Will Sabelo give up swanking? Will the group find a new leader? Will hope find the Swenkas?
“The Swenkas” is the second part of the trilogy “Faith, Hope & Love”, preceded by the multiple award winning “Jerusalem My Love”.