HEAR ME MOVE
FINAL SHOOTING DRAFT WHITE: October 28th 2013 PINK: November 20th 2013
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FADE IN. EXT. JOBURG ALLEYWAY - EVENING MUZI, 21, walks past dirty, gutted, graffiti covered concrete walls. OPENING CREDITS. INT. NIGHTCLUB - NIGHT We're in an underground hip-hop nightclub. Think Cool Runnings in Melville. Air pulsating with music. Lasers flashing. PEOPLE jostling for space, squeezing around -- A dance circle. DANCERS take turns going into the circle and busting some moves. A POWERFULLY BUILT DANCER, dressed in a track-suit executes some gravity defying b-boy acrobatics. The crowd is in awe. MUZI, 21, good looking, stocky, wearing a bicep-revealing vest and the hero of our tale, leaps into the space with alacrity, spinning, wheeling, careening like a man possessed. A spectacle to behold. He completes his sequence and pauses. From the crowd's cheers, there can be no doubt about whose kung fu is superior. TITLE: "HEAR ME MOVE" CUT TO: INT. NIGHTCLUB - NIGHT MUZI weaves his way through the crowd, navigating through pats on the back, high fives, nods of respect. A RANDOM GUY with his GIRLFRIEND block his way. RANDOM GUY Hey! Aren't you Spikiri's son? Muzi pauses, looks him up and down. Starts to walk away. GIRLFRIEND Yo man! Your timer took pantsula to another level bra. Muzi keeps walking. Random Guy and Girlfriend exchange a quizzical look: what's up with that guy? PICK UP MUZI AND FOLLOW HIM PAST-- A roguishly good-looking, imposing young man. Covered in bling. PRINCE. 24. Beside him, an attractive young woman, PINKY. Prince follows Muzi with his eyes but loses him in the jostling crowd. EXT. COLLEGE - DAY (NEW DAY) We're outside the facade of a college. A FEW STUDENTS stream in and out the gates. There's LOUD HOUSE MUSIC emanating from somewhere within. EXT. COLLEGE GARDENS - DAY Banners everywhere: "DEFY" (or some other similar brand). SALES REPS seated at a desk with flyers. Huge speakers next to them, blasting music as-- COLLEGE KIDS watch an informal dance circle happening. Watching from the sidelines, amongst the other eager spectators, is MUZI. THAMI, 21, comes up beside him, munching some chips. THAMI Ekse, guess who just hustled two comps to Hear ME Move tomorrow. Muzi's barely listening. His eyes are trained squarely on the girl who's just gone into the circle - watching her every move. She's sassy, beautiful, alluring. KHANYI. 19. Her bewitching eyes smile at the crowd. THAMI (CONT'D) Hellooo? Thami follows Muzi's look. Khanyi exits the circle to the cheers and applause of the crowd. THAMI (CONT'D) You're such a waste man. You know the way girls dig a guy who can dance. MUZI I can dance. THAMI Not secret underground dancing at hip-hop clubs. I mean sbujwa. Kokasi. Muzi shakes his head. MUZI That's not me. THAMI So what? You've still got it in you. And you know sbujwa's what rocks the crowd. You'll see tomorrow at Hear ME Move. I bet you a sbujwa crew's going to win. MUZI Ja whatever. THAMI Let's bet. Twenty bucks. Muzi ignores him and walks away. THAMI (CONT'D) Okay, ten bucks. He goes after Muzi. THAMI (CONT'D) Five bucks. And I'm saying Sbujwa Nation are taking it. EXT. TOWNSHIP - MORNING (NEW DAY) The crowded, bustling seven am township streets. EXT. LERATO'S SPAZA SHOP - MORNING A sign: "LERATO'S FINEST AFRICAN CUISINE'. INT. LERATO'S SPAZA SHOP - MORNING An old woman in her early sixties stands over a deep frying pan, frying magwenyas. This is GOGO. MUZI kneads the dough. GOGO I think we've got enough for a Saturday Muzi. MUZI Ja. And I have to go. LERATO, his mother, late forties, bustles in with plastic bags full of shopping. LERATO You're not going anywhere. It's the end of the month. I need you to help me with the accounts. She starts unpacking groceries on the shelf. LERATO (CONT'D) And then I'll need you to go and buy carrots. They're only getting Rudzani's carrots later today. MUZI Can't I do the accounts tomorrow? I've got this thing with Thami. LERATO What thing? Muzi is silent. Lerato's waits for the answer. MUZI (grudgingly) It's a dance competition. LERATO What? Since when are you dancing, Muzi? MUZI I'm not dancing, ma. Just watching. TAP! TAP! A knock on the counter. They turn around to find-- THAMI. He holds up two tickets. THAMI Legai ma Lerato. Legai Gogo. I just came to pick up Muzi. LERATO Muzi's got a lot of work Thami. He's not going anywhere. There's a tense silence. GOGO Lerato. Let him go. Thami hums absent-mindedly, trying to diffuse the situation. Lerato turns to Muzi, strangely solemn. LERATO You promised me, Muzi. MUZI Ma, I'm not going to dance. I'm just watching. Lerato almost smiles. Muzi turns to Thami. MUZI (CONT'D) Let's go! EXT. JOBURG COMPETITION VENUE - DAY A CROWD OF YOUNG PEOPLE milling around. Two queues at the entrance. ATTENDANTS check ticket stubs as people stream in. A big banner announces where we are: "HEAR ME MOVE - JOBURG QUALIFIERS. PROUDLY SPONSORED BY DEFY AND LOVELIFE." INT. JOBURG COMPETITION VENUE - DAY LOUD HOUSE MUSIC blasting. A CROWD OF SPECTATORS on their feet look on as a dance crew called-- African Revolution do a SBUJWA DANCE SEQUENCE. They're all dressed in matching branded t-shirts. Thami records them on his phone. Muzi's eyes are fixed on a crew standing by the sidelines, getting ready to go next. They're eight in total- guys and girls. They're dressed in white leather pants and matching jackets, and red sneakers with matching red caps. His eyes are on one of the girls. KHANYI. THAMI See? I told you. (beat) That's her crew. Sbujwa Nation. Thami swivels his phone round to focus on Sbujwa Nation. THAMI (CONT'D) African Revolution don't stand a chance. ON SBUJWA NATION-- ORA, 20. Good looking and ripped. ZEE, 19, with a lollipop in his mouth - his trademark. SHOES, 29, not in uniform, older and more mature than the others. He has an air of authority about him. These, along with Khanyi, are the heart of the group. KHANYI It's not like we have a choice. We've given him half an hour already. P.A. SYSTEM (O.C.) And facing off with African Revolution, to decide who will represent Jozi at the Hear Me Move Finals - guys and girls - give it up for Sbujwa Nation. Shoes's face darkens into a heavy frown. INTERCUT WITH: EXT. TOWNSHIP STREET - DAY Cars are parked on a street. Doors open. Music blaring. A CROWD - mainly girls - have formed a circle around ... TWO GROUPS FACING OFF AGAINST EACH OTHER IN A DANCE BATTLE. The members of both groups are dressed in costly colourful shirts and shoes. They're covered in jewellery. A small fire rages in the centre of the circle. ONE DANCER is doing a solo dance, to the cheers and whistles of the crowd. He takes off his costly shirt and throws it into the fire. The crowd starts chanting - "PRINCE. PRINCE. PRINCE". PRINCE leaps into the circle. He dances with tremendous energy and verve. He takes every move that his opponent did and makes it bigger and better. INTERCUT WITH: INT. JOBURG COMPETITION VENUE - DAY SBUJWA NATION step onto the dance circle. The music starts up. SBUJWA NATION launch into a SBUJWA DANCE SEQUENCE. They're well timed. Coordinated. And pretty damn good. Muzi watches in delight. Through his eyes, their moves are slowed down. Poetic. Almost dream-like. Muzi's eyes follow every single motion in awe. It's so perfect. So disciplined. ON SBUJWA NATION-- As they complete their sequence. The audience whoops and yells. P.A. SYSTEM (O.C.) Audience. Your votes please. (beat) African Revolution are green. Sbujwa Nation, red. (beat) African Revolution? A number of green cards go up in the air, but they are less than half the crowd. INTERCUT WITH: EXT. TOWNSHIP STREET - DAY PRINCE takes a couple of hundred rand notes and throws them into the fire. THE CROWD goes ballistic. His opponents throw up their hands, conceding defeat. Prince takes his shoes off and throws them into the fire as well. He swaggers to a waiting BMW 5 series gusheshe. THE DRIVER revs the engine. Prince gets in. The car SPINS in loops and loops, screeching and throwing up clouds of dust. A pair of feet stick out the window - and they're donning new shoes. The crowd can't contain themselves, screaming in delight. The feet go back in and Prince's head pops out. He sits on the window's edge and cackles like a maniac. INTERCUT WITH: INT. JOBURG COMPETITION VENUE - DAY P.A. SYSTEM (O.C.) Sbujwa Nation? Red cards dot most of the arena. It's a definite win for Sbujwa Nation. P.A. SYSTEM (O.C.) (CONT'D) Judges? The THREE CELEBRITY JUDGES hold up red cards. The crowd breaks into more cheering. P.A. SYSTEM (O.C.) (CONT'D) And Sbujwa Nation are through. Sbujwa Nation will represent Joburg at the Hear Me Move finals next month. They now stand a chance to win two hundred and fifty thousand rand and a tour of the States. ON SBUJWA NATION-- Khanyi, Ora, Shoes and Zee are ecstatic. Hugs, tears, high fives all around. African Revolution shake hands with them like good sportsmen. INTERCUT WITH: EXT. TOWNSHIP STREET - DAY The car cruises down the street as a few girls chase after it, screaming their heads off in nubile euphoria. Prince yells and extends his hands, letting the beamer spirit him away, an eagle soaring over it's domain. EXT. JOBURG COMPETITION VENUE - DAY THAMI is right in the middle of placing a bet with ARNOLD, early twenties. THAMI Do you even know who Spikiri was? He was a legend. I'm telling you his kid can beat you any day. ARNOLD I don't know about no Spikiri. THAMI Let's bet. A clipper. Muzi can beat you. ARNOLD Two clipper. THAMI Deal. MUZI walks up to them. THAMI (CONT'D) Just made you a quick two clipper. MUZI What? Arnold takes his phone out and plays a HOUSE TRACK. He does a couple of sbujwa moves, ending up right in Muzi's face. A CROWD OF ONLOOKERS quickly forms around them -- eager to see the battle. Muzi shakes his head, smiles. MUZI (CONT'D) I don't do sbujwa. Arnold turns to Thami, sticks his hand out. ARNOLD Two clipper. Lethe. Thami gulps, turns to Muzi, pleads. THAMI Please bafwethu. (harsh whisper) I don't have the money. MUZI You must think before you talk then. Muzi starts to walk away. Thami turns to Arnold. THAMI Sho my man. Looks like he's not feeling it today but-- Arnold grabs a beer bottle off the ground and smashes it against the pavement. He grabs Thami's collar and holds up the jagged bottle edge inches away from Thami's neck. ARNOLD Lethe. Muzi swivels round at the sound of the breaking glass. He sees Thami panicking, backing away. Sizes up the situation instantly. He walks up to Arnold - not a trace of fear. MUZI Okay. You want to lose your money? Let's do it. Arnold let's go of Thami. He starts up the music playing off his phone again. He executes some deft sbujwa moves. Now it's Muzi's turn. He breaks out into a sbujwa explosion. For someone who doesn't do sbujwa, he's damn good. The crowd whoops and yells for Muzi, amazed by the fluid moves, the power, the passion. ON SHOES. In the middle of the crowd. Watching the spectacle. He looks on with keen interest. There's something about this boy... Arnold tosses up his hands - a gesture of defeat - starts to walk away. Thami blocks his way, arm outstretched. THAMI That will be two hundred rand please. Arnold takes the money out grudgingly, hands it to Thami. THAMI (CONT'D) Dankie ngiyabonga. He gives one hundred to Muzi. Muzi takes both notes. MUZI Dankie ngiyabonga. Muzi pockets the money, turns around to find-- SHOES. Looking at Muzi as if Muzi should recognize him. SHOES Heita. Those were some tight moves back there. Muzi, right? MUZI Sorry mfethu but I don't know you. SHOES Oh ja, of course you don't remember me. It's been twelve years. Muzi's face lights up with recognition. MUZI Uncle Shoes? SHOES Ja. I heard you stopped dancing after -- your father -- Muzi nods. SHOES (CONT'D) But what you did back there was amazing -- for someone who doesn't dance. Muzi is embarrassed. SHOES (CONT'D) You in a crew? Muzi shakes his head. SHOES (CONT'D) Great. You must join mine. Sbujwa Nation. We'd love to have you. Muzi smiles. MUZI I don't do sbujwa. (beat) And I don't do crews. ON PRINCE. Shoving his way through the crowd towards Shoes. Seething with rage. Stands between Shoes and Muzi. PRINCE You guys went on without me? SHOES You were late. KHANYI, ZEE and ORA show up. PRINCE You couldn't even wait for me? Who was boss? KHANYI Doesn't matter. The point is you make us look unprofessional. PRINCE I make you guys. Full stop. ORA We just qualified without you in case you didn't notice. PRINCE Using my moves! KHANYI Shoes's choreographed them. PRINCE What? This burnt out timer who can't dance anymore? Without me you guys are nothing. SHOES Prince! I'm enough with your big mouth. You don't own and run this crew. You are part of a team. And if you can't understand that then you can leave. PRINCE (scoffs) Oh ja! Who's going to replace me? Shoes shoots a look at Muzi. Prince catches this. Muzi steps back. PRINCE (CONT'D) Ow. I see what's going on here. (beat) You see me coming up so you decide to replace me with your old boss's kid? Shoes and Muzi are both surprised. PRINCE (CONT'D) Ja. I saw you at that club in Rosebank. Everyone was talking about your father. You know...the druggie. SHOES Don't be foolish Prince. Prince gazes at each Sbujwa Nation member in turn. The moment is heavy with tension. PRINCE See you at the finals. He wheels around and storms off. Shoes takes a deep breath, turns to Muzi. SHOES I'm sorry you had to see that. MUZI Is it true? SHOES Is what true? MUZI Are you choosing me just because I'm Spikiri's son. SHOES I'm choosing you because you're one of the best dancers I've ever seen. Muzi starts to walk off. Shoes goes after him. SHOES (CONT'D) Muzi. Listen. They're some distance from the crowd now. Shoes lowers his voice. SHOES (CONT'D) Muzi, listen to me. MUZI You don't know what it's like. You don't know what it's like to have people say my father's name everywhere I go. Reminding me about the drugs. Every time. For the last twelve years. Shoes looks away. MUZI (CONT'D) And now you want me to walk straight into more of the same crap? Sorry. You've got the wrong guy. He walks away. SHOES Everything you heard about your father was a lie. Muzi stops. Shocked. Turns to face Shoes. SHOES (CONT'D) How he lived. How he died. You don't know the true story. Shoes approaches him, face to face. SHOES (CONT'D) It's time you became your own man, Muzi. It's time you found out the truth for yourself. (beat) You're a dancer. It's inside of you. It keeps you awake at night. Trust me. I know. (beat) I've known for the last twelve years. He doesn't wait for an answer. Just spins around and walks away. Muzi watches him go. Thami comes up. THAMI Ekse. What's going on? MUZI Nix. Let's go. Muzi leaves. EXT. TOWNSHIP STREETS - DAY Sun set over the busy streets kokasi. EXT. LERATO'S SPAZA SHOP - DAY MUZI trudges in, a worried frown on his face. INT. LERATO'S KITCHEN - DAY MUZI walks past LERATO stacking dishes, as if she isn't there. LERATO Hau! Muzi. You don't even say hello. MUZI Sorry ma. LERATO How was the competition? MUZI Fine. LERATO So you'll finish those accounts for me? MUZI Ja. LERATO What's eating you Muzi? MUZI Nothing. I just... He searches for the right words. MUZI (CONT'D) I'm just tired. He walks off to his room. INT. MUZI'S BEDROOM - DAY Muzi rummages through an old shoe box. He pulls out a yellowing photo of a boy, the YOUNG MUZI, 9, and a man in his mid-twenties, SPIKIRI. They're in a garden: all smiles, hugs and happiness. He stares at the photo long and hard. INT. LERATO'S DINING ROOM - EVENING LERATO, GOGO and MUZI are seated having dinner. MUZI Ma? How come we don't have a photo of Pa anywhere in the house? Lerato and Gogo exchange a look. Lerato dishes up for Muzi. LERATO What are you trying to say Muzi? MUZI I'm starting to forget what he looked like. LERATO It's been twelve years since he passed. (beat) And why are you asking all of this now? Muzi is silent. MUZI I just wish I knew more about him, that's all. LERATO Well he didn't care enough to want to get to know you. GOGO Lerato! LERATO It's the truth. Muzi gets up. MUZI I'm not hungry. He starts to leave. LERATO Where are you going? MUZI To Thami's. We've got a project for school. He exits. Gogo shrugs, shakes her head. EXT. TOWNSHIP STREETS - EVENING MUZI trudges through the township streets, immersed in thought. Doesn't notice anyone or anything. EXT. TOWNSHIP STREETS - EVENING Muzi hops into a taxi. EXT. JOBURG CBD Concrete bridges. Street art. Colourful shop facades. Graffiti. EXT. WAREHOUSE - EVENING We're outside a derelict warehouse. Muzi walks towards a brightly coloured door. He hears faint music. He stops outside the door and knocks. No response. He knocks again. Louder this time. The door cracks open. SHOES Muzi! MUZI Twelve years later and you're still in the same place? Shoes chuckles. SHOES Teachers don't get a lot of money. (beat) So--er. Ja, come in. I don't have cool drink but I've got some --er- MUZI (interrupts) I want to join Sbujwa Nation. SHOES What? MUZI You heard me. (beat) Where do we rehearse? Shoes smiles. SHOES Where else? CUT TO: ***SCENE DELETED*** ***SCENE DELETED*** INT. WAREHOUSE - DAY (NEW DAY) The warehouse is largely bare. A few odds and ends in the corners - old tires. Abandoned car seat. Empty beer bottles. HEAVY HOUSE BEATS emanate through the space. ZEE, with his faithful lollipop, and OTHER DANCERS are warming up. SHOES sorts through some CDs in the corner. KHANYI does some street art on the walls, trying to ignore the skateboard toting ORA, all up in her face. ORA (to Khanyi) So I told them I'd report them for having an eighteen year old in an under eighteen crew. That guy looked like my father. KHANYI Ora, it's really none of your business hey. ORA But it's not right. He looks at the painting. ORA (CONT'D) Hey, that's really cool. (beat) I've got a cool design I want you to do for me on my skateboard. Khanyi rolls her eyes. KHANYI Ja, too bad you can't afford me, hey? ORA Oh come on, Khanyi. Please... MUZI walks in. Pauses and looks around. The others fall silent, regard him with some surprise. Shoes stops the music. SHOES You're late. MUZI I was busy with classes, hey. SHOES Everyone here's busy with classes. But out of respect they organize their time. We're like a family. If there's no respect, there's nothing. Clear? Muzi isn't listening. He's taking in the space, checking out the other dancers. He spots Khanyi. Without taking his eyes off her-- MUZI Where can I change? SHOES (frustrated) Round the back. Muzi grabs his bag, saunters out. Shoes's face narrows. This kid's going to be trouble. Muzi exchanges a look with Khanyi as he walks out. She hides her smile. Ora spots this exchange and frowns. EXT. JOBURG CBD - EVENING We're in another part of Joburg. EXT. TAVERN - EVENING "SIPHO'S FIVE STAR SPORTS BAR". INT. TAVERN - EVENING Pool tables. Cigarette smoke. YOUNG GUYS and GIRLS lounging around a bar. The typical place where university kids who skip class would hang out. At a pool table, ARNOLD and T-BOZ, 20 are in the middle of a game. PINKY, the attractive girl we saw earlier, looks on. T-BOZ lines up his cue for a shot. He strikes the ball but-- What the?? His cue doesn't move. He turns around to find-- PRINCE. His hand on the cue stick. A grim smile on his face. PRINCE So Mzansi's best dancers spend time playing pool and getting pooza faces instead of trying to go to the States? T-BOZ Ey mfana. We're busy here. He takes the shot. Misses the pocket. Prince takes the cue stick. PRINCE Small boy. He takes the shot. PRINCE (CONT'D) No Ambition. He pockets the ball. Looks at T-Boz. PRINCE (CONT'D) Mara you say you want to see the world, neh? He pockets another ball. Goes up to Arnold. PRINCE (CONT'D) Those girls you're chasing after won't remember you with your pooza face, son. He pinches his cheek. Arnold slaps his hand away. Prince smirks. Stops in front of Pinky. PRINCE (CONT'D) And you? You want to be famous? He pockets another ball. PRINCE (CONT'D) Keep dreaming. Pinky meets his eyes, defiant. PINKY What do you want, Prince? PRINCE I've got great news. (beat) I'm letting you join my new crew. I've got a few weeks to shape you up and get you to the Hear Me Move qualifiers. ARNOLD You're too late. We missed them already. PRINCE That was Jozi. There's still Cape Town and Rustenberg and Durbs and Pretoria coming up. He pockets another ball. PRINCE (CONT'D) We could go to Pretoria. Or we could go to Rusty. You guys seem too broke for Cape Town. He pockets another ball. PRINCE (CONT'D) The main thing is that we'll get to the finals, and then, we'll show the world what sbujwa is. So the question is-- He pockets the last ball, hands the cue to T-Boz. PRINCE (CONT'D) Do you have Ambition? He looks at them all in turn. Cracks a grin. PRINCE (CONT'D) Start working on those abs guys. You guys look disgusting. And with that he leaves. Pinky smiles. She likes this nigga's style. EXT. WAREHOUSE - EVENING SBUJWA NATION are in a full scale rehearsal. MUZI dances at the back, learning the routine. Shoes looks on. EXT. TOWNSHIP STREETS - EVENING The eventide streets kokasi alive with humanity journeying home. INT. LERATO'S LOUNGE - EVENING MUZI walks past, lugging his bag. LERATO and GOGO are watching TV. Gogo has her stockinged feet up. MUZI Hey. LERATO Hey. What's in the bag? Muzi's blank for a second, recovers himself. MUZI Project stuff. Remember I've got that thing with Thami? LERATO Ja. How are those accounts looking? It's been weeks now. MUZI Ja. I'll do them. LERATO Try and get back earlier tomorrow and work on them before the weekend. MUZI I'll try. He's leaves, bedroom bound. Lerato frowns - she can see Muzi isn't telling her everything. Gogo squirms in her seat, eyes glued to the screen. GOGO (to the TV) Tell her you love her. She can see it muna. (beat) Eish. Useless! Can't even lie properly. Lerato gets up and walks away. Gogo is glued to the screen. EXT. JOBURG CBD - EVENING Establishing. EXT. WAREHOUSE - EVENING The sun is setting outside the warehouse. INT. WAREHOUSE - EVENING THE DANCERS are stretching, getting warmed up. KHANYI and MUZI chat on the side. KHANYI All this time I saw you in school I thought you were just another nerd doing accounting. MUZI Mara nerds rule the world. KHANYI Why didn't you ever dance in the talent shows in college? Muzi goes blank for a second. SHOES interrupts everyone. SHOES Okay. Let's get started or else you guys will start complaining about leaving late. (beat) Before I forget. Ora. Take the keys from me when we leave. I might be late tomorrow. Ora nods. The other dancers move onto the dance floor. Khanyi and Muzi separate. SHOES (CONT'D) Okay. So Ora's going to be the new boss. Ora can't contain his smile. SHOES (CONT'D) Khanyi and Zee will also be up front. Khanyi and Zee step forward. SHOES (CONT'D) Mara everyone must know that they can become boss at any time. No one here is special. If you work hard for it, you earn it. Muzi steps back. Shoes shoots a look at him. SHOES (CONT'D) You know your timer was one of the best bosses I ever saw. We used to win competitions like crazy coz of him. MUZI Ja. Too bad I'm not him, hey. ORA Ja, that's just too bad. Muzi steps up to his face. MUZI You have a problem, skaterboy? The tension in the room goes from zero to a hundred. Ora doesn't flinch, leans into Muzi. ORA No. Do you? (beat) Go back to your place. At the back. MUZI Make me. Shoes steps between them. SHOES Okay, okay. Let's get started. The two separate, eyeing each other. EXT. COLLEGE - DAY (NEW DAY) Establishing. EXT. COLLEGE GARDEN - DAY MUZI walks along with THAMI. THAMI You know if your mum finds out your dancing again she's going to kill you, right? MUZI How's she going to find out? THAMI It's like when you started smoking. How did she find out? MUZI You left a loose in my bag you idiot! THAMI So what's it like being in a crew? MUZI It sucks bra. There's this pain in the ass guy named Ora. A peal of laughter startles them. They turn around to find-- KHANYI. KHANYI I can't stand him either. MUZI Oh, Khanyi. Sorry. I er.. KHANYI Who's your friend? MUZI Oh. Thami. This is Khanyi. Khanyi, Thami. Thami is a bit too quick to give her a tight hug. Khanyi hides her surprise with the air of one used to such overt displays of masculine affection. MUZI (CONT'D) Sorry about what I said about Ora. I didn't know you were-- KHANYI Don't be. MUZI I thought you and Ora were like, you know... KHANYI We're not anything. He wishes we were though. MUZI Ah, ok. KHANYI Ok. Tense silence. Thami watches, wide eyed and grinning. KHANYI (CONT'D) I think I'd better go. MUZI I'll see you at rehearsals. She smiles and nods, walks away. Thami gawks at Muzi. MUZI (CONT'D) What? Thami winks and gives Muzi a heavy pat on the back. Muzi splutters and coughs. INT. WAREHOUSE - DAY SBUJWA NATION rehearse a dance sequence. ORA, KHANYI and ZEE are at the front row. The other dancers follow in the back. MUZI does the moves but he makes them much bigger and explosive and not contained at all. SHOES Stop. Stop. He stops the music. Everyone stops, breathing hard. SHOES (CONT'D) Wena Muzi. What's the problem? ORA He thinks he's better. Muzi's fights back his irritation. MUZI I'm just giving the moves some life man. When you're battling, if you don't have some -- SHOES (interrupts) We're a crew Muzi. We're no longer battling one on one. MUZI And the break-outs? SHOES They come from the crew's sequence. If you don't fit into the sequence, the crew looks bad, and the break outs look kak also. It's all one thing. Muzi digests this for a second. SHOES (CONT'D) Okay. Let's go again. Contained Muzi. Fit in. He turns the music on. Muzi takes a moment to swallow his disagreement, then joins in. He spots Ora's smug smile. He levels him with a stare then-- Does the exact same thing as before. For Ora's benefit. EXT. JOBURG CBD - EVENING Evening in a different part of the city. More run down. More gritty. More like the place where you'd expect to find-- INT. CHOP SHOP - EVENING We're in a dirty, decrepit chop shop. Musty. Car parts everywhere. Rusty equipment. Old tires in the corner. LOUD MUSIC PLAYS as we take in-- Graffiti murals on the wall. Amongst them, standing out in red, the letters -- ""A.M.B.I.$.H.N.". In the middle of the room-- PINKY, PRINCE, T-BOZ, ARNOLD and some other AMBISHN DANCERS perform a dance sequence. They're mechanical. Precise. Powerful. They're not enjoying themselves. They're not here to enjoy themselves. AMBISHN DANCER ONE misses a step. PRINCE shouts for them to stop. PRINCE Hold it! (beat) What the hell is wrong with you? How many times have we been through this? AMBISHN DANCER ONE lowers his head. PRINCE (CONT'D) Voetsek. AMBISHN DANCER ONE doesn't move. PRINCE (CONT'D) I said hamba. Get out! AMBISHN DANCE shuffles out. PINKY Mara Prince bafwethu. Chill nyana. PRINCE (explodes) Shut up. This is my crew. I run it the way I want. Understand? PINKY bites back a tear. PRINCE softens, goes up to her. Takes her chin in his hand. PRINCE (CONT'D) I'm sorry sweetie. I didn't mean it like that. It's just that.. He turns to the others, face hardened. PRINCE (CONT'D) You guys are my family. And family is hard on each other because they want what's best. He looks at Pinky, almost whispering as he takes her chin in his hands again. PRINCE (CONT'D) Hey, Pinky? She's afraid. But forces a smile. Prince beams. PRINCE (CONT'D) Good. You trust me. He looks at Pinky but speaks to the entire crew. PRINCE (CONT'D) The Pretoria qualifiers are in two days time people. Let's go again. This time no mess ups. They line up and --BEGIN their dance sequence. CUT TO: INT. WAREHOUSE - DAY (NEW DAY) SBUJWA NATION finish a dance sequence. Shoes stops the music. SHOES Cool. We'll stop there. The dancers make a beeline for their water bottles and towels. SHOES (CONT'D) So guys please remember to come with some new stuff tomorrow. Then we can see where we can add it. The dancers nod their agreement, start streaming out. SHOES (CONT'D) Muzi. Do you have a minute? Muzi throws a questioning glance at him. SHOES (CONT'D) There's something I want to show you. He goes off to his bag in the corner. Muzi follows him. Shoes rummages in his bag for a second, emerges with a VHS tape in hand. MUZI What's that? SHOES It's a tape we made. Of your father's. The last moves he came up with before he-- passed. Shoes hands it to Muzi. SHOES (CONT'D) He never got a chance to perform them in public. He zips up his bag. SHOES (CONT'D) I've never been able to watch it. But maybe you -- ORA I don't believe this... Shoes and Muzi spin around to find ORA standing behind them. ORA (CONT'D) So you refuse to let us watch it then you give it to him? SHOES I thought you'd left. ORA I was returning your keys. He tosses them at Shoes's feet. SHOES This tape belonged to his father. He has a right to see it. ORA Prince was right. SHOES What the hell does that mean? ORA This is just a hobby for you. SHOES You don't know what the hell you're saying. Ora stews in his anger for second, storms off. Muzi turns to Shoes. MUZI Why's this tape such a big deal? Shoes regards him for a long moment before he breaks the silence. SHOES After your father passed. I quit dancing. But more than anything I wanted to keep kids off the streets. INT. WAREHOUSE - DAY - (FLASHBACK) TITLE: "Seven years earlier." A younger SHOES is teaching TEENAGERS to do Sbujwa in his warehouse. SHOES (V.O.) I found this place and started teaching kids sbujwa. ON PRINCE. 17 years old. In the front row. A natural at this. SHOES (V.O.) I could see even then that Prince was born to dance. He was going to become one of the best. Maybe even as good as your father. (beat) He reminded me so much of him. INT. WAREHOUSE - DAY - (FLASHBACK) Shoes alone with Prince. Watches as Prince dances. Barks out mute orders. SHOES (V.O.) So I pushed him real hard. (beat) When he finished matric he needed a place to stay. I let him move in with me. INT. SHOES'S KITCHEN - DAY - (FLASHBACK) SHOES and PRINCE share a meal. A starved Prince digs in. SHOES (V.O.) He had no family. His mother had passed away a few years before I met him. (beat) He never knew his father. I felt I owed it to him. He needed a break in life. EXT. TOWNSHIP STREET - DAY - (FLASHBACK) TITLE: "Three years earlier." An older PRINCE watches a GROUP OF SKHOTANES dancing around a fire. SHOES But he never knew what family meant. It was always about him. (beat) I guess it wasn't his fault. Prince looks at the Skhothanes, enamoured. The leaping orange flames glimmer in his dark eyes. EXT. TOWNSHIP STREET - DAY PRINCE is with the TEENAGERS from earlier. He hands them a small white baggie. They hand him some notes. SHOES (V.O.) He started selling drugs to support his lifestyle. EXT. TOWNSHIP STREET - DAY - (FLASHBACK) Prince with the GROUP OF SKHOTANES. Pouring ultra mel on the fire. The SMALL CROWD OF ONLOOKERS cheers him. SHOES (V.O.) But even that wasn't enough. He wanted to show the world that he was different. That he was special. INT. WAREHOUSE - DAY - (FLASHBACK) PRINCE and SHOES arguing. SHOES (V.O.) He wanted to see Spikiri's tape. But I said no. I didn't want him to insult your father's memory, using his moves the way he wanted. (beat) After that, it was never the same between us. Prince slowly fades away-- END FLASHBACK. INT. WAREHOUSE - DAY - (PRESENT DAY) -- And MUZI fades up, standing in the same spot. Shoes hands him the tape. SHOES This is yours. Muzi stares at the tape. MUZI Keep it. (beat) I'll do my own moves. My own way. He wheels around, walks away. Shoes watches him go, disappointment on his face. EXT. FIELD OF DREAMS - DAY - (DREAM SEQUENCE) The sun rises over the field of dreams. EXT. FIELD OF DREAMS - DAY - (DREAM SEQUENCE) MUZI, nine years old, is in a garden with SPIKIRI, mid twenties. The tableau is a replica in motion of the still photo that Muzi was looking at earlier. Spikiri grabs Muzi and lifts Muzi up high. Muzi squeals in delight. END DREAM SEQUENCE. INT. MUZI'S BEDROOM - NIGHT MUZI's eye snaps open. He peers into the darkness, the sound of his and his father's laughter lingers, haunting him. EXT. TOWNSHIP - NIGHT The township lies in peaceful slumber, serenaded by the chirping crickets. EXT. JOBURG CBD - EVENING (NEW DAY) Establishing. INT. WAREHOUSE - EVENING The Sbujwa Nation Dancers are getting warmed up. ORA struts in. Spots Muzi and Khanyi laughing in the corner. He frowns. ORA (raises his voice) Shoes is running late, so I'm in charge. KHANYI Wow! Someone woke up on the wrong side of the bed. ORA Everyone's talking about how Ambishn destroyed guys in Pretoria. We're up against serious competition. We've got to up our game. He walks up to the sound system, plugs in his phone. ORA (CONT'D) Okay. We'll start with track three. Two sets of eight. Jump to track one. One set. Then track four. One set. Usual stuff. Muzi and the other dancers nod and stand in their positions. Muzi goes to the back. ORA (CONT'D) Muzi, it's fine. You can sit this one out. MUZI What? ORA Just watch so you don't mess us up. Then you can show us if you've learnt anything. (condescending) We'll see how special you really are. Muzi closes the gap between them fast, presses his chest against Ora. MUZI Like hell. ORA I said sit down. MUZI Why don't you make me? Ora pushes him. Muzi gives him a shove and Ora tumbles to the ground. He's back on his feet in an instant, charges at Muzi. The other dancers separate them. ZEE Chill bafwethu. KHANYI What the hell is wrong with you guys? ORA He started it. He's jealous coz I'm boss. KHANYI You're so full of shit, Ora. She packs up her bags and leaves. The other dancers follow suit. ORA Hey! Guys. Come back. Guys? Muzi glares at him, turns and leaves with the others. EXT. JOBURG CBD - NIGHT MUZI, KHANYI, ORA, ZEE and the other dancers walk along in silence. Khanyi peels away. KHANYI I'm meeting my sister in Gandhi Square. I'll see you tomorrow. MUZI Hey, I'll come with you. I'm going there too. She smiles. They walk off together. Ora watches them go, furrows his brow in frustration. Zee shakes his head, goes off alone. ** SCENE DELETED** EXT. GANDHI SQUARE - NIGHT KHANYI and MUZI stand waiting. Khanyi checks her phone. MUZI What's she saying? KHANYI No lift. She's running late. Damn. Now I've got to walk to the taxis. MUZI It's cool. I'll walk you. KHANYI Thanks. They head off together. KHANYI (CONT'D) This means I'll have to cook when I get home. My sister's useless, hey. MUZI And your mum? KHANYI We don't live with her. EXT. MARSHALLTOWN - NIGHT KHANYI and MUZI walk along eating an ice-cream. KHANYI My mom married this guy and we sort of don't get along, so, ja. MUZI And your dad? She rolls her eyes. MUZI (CONT'D) Sorry. KHANYI Anyway, me and my sister moved out. It's better than always fighting with my step dad and his kids. (beat) Are you hungry? INT. FAST FOOD RESTAURANT - NIGHT Muzi eats, and Khanyi gazes at him. It's disconcerting. MUZI What? KHANYI Nothing. She keeps staring at him. MUZI What? Is it something in my teeth? KHANYI What was it like being the son of a world famous pantsula dancer? Muzi puts his burger down - he's lost his appetite. KHANYI (CONT'D) I'm sorry I asked. MUZI At least you didn't ask if I saw him using the drugs. Or if he gave them to me as a kid. Or if I used them when I used to dance with him back in the day. KHANYI Do people ask you that? MUZI Yup. And those are the decent ones. (beat, changing topic) Are you in a hurry? I wanna show you something really cool. EXT. JOBURG BUILDING ROOFTOP - NIGHT KHANYI and MUZI seated beside each other gazing out at the breathtaking sight beneath them - the shimmering Joburg cityscape bathed in nocturnal light. KHANYI Wow! MUZI Cool, hey. They gaze at the sight for a moment. Khanyi opens her bag and takes out a couple of DVDs, gives them to Muzi. MUZI (CONT'D) What's this? KHANYI You're a great dancer. And I know it's tough being in a crew when you've been solo all these years. You just need to contain your moves a bit better. Watch these DVDs. It's our videos since last year. Maybe they'll help. Muzi hesitates. Sees the genuine look in her eyes. He takes them. MUZI Thanks. They both smile, kind of embarrassed. MUZI (CONT'D) The sky is so clear from up here, isn't it. Khanyi nods. They gaze up into the nigrescent sky, as the city scape beneath them fades into-- EXT. JOBURG BUILDING ROOFTOP - DAY Daytime. ****SCENE DELETED**** EXT. JOBURG CBD - DAY Taxis. People. Cars. Noise. Pollution. A typical day in Africa's largest metropolis. EXT. METRO RAIL STATION - DAY We're outside a metro rail station. MUZI and THAMI are walk towards the turnstile. THAMI Mfana she wants your beef. MUZI Please man. I wish. There's like a thousand guys chasing after her. THAMI She paid for the food, bra. Do you even understand what that means? MUZI It wasn't a date. It was-- A GROUP of about EIGHT HOODLUMS, all wearing full body length pieces with a skeleton design, surround them. The Hoodlums block the entrance to the metro rail and -- Break into a well coordinated SBUJWA DANCE SEQUENCE. One of them sprays a stencil on the wall: "A.M.B.I.$.H.N.". Another films them with his cellphone camera. ON the lead dancer's dark eyes. He spots Muzi. He breaks out into a solo, ending right up in Muzi's face. Muzi recognises him at that close range. PRINCE. MUZI (CONT'D) Nice one, Prince. I can see you've been taking some classes somewhere. Prince leans into Muzi, breathes into his face. PRINCE Let's do it. Right here. Right now. Thami steps between them. THAMI Bafwethu. Relax. You can't just battle out here just nje. That's dumb. (beat) Let's put some money down first. A SHRILL whistle breaks up the moment. TWO SECURITY GUARDS come running up. The Hoodlums scatter. Prince leans into Muzi. PRINCE You can't even dance in a crew. You're a disgrace to your father. You don't deserve to carry his surname. Muzi levels him with a stare. MUZI At least I know who my father is. Prince shoves Muzi to the ground. Muzi gets up in an instant, rearing to fight. Thami holds them apart. THAMI Gents. Remember we're all in the same team here, hey. We're fighting for the good of sbujwa, neh gents? PRINCE Don't ever say me and him are the same. (to Muzi) You had everything. I had nothing. You and me can never be the same. Muzi is bewildered. The Security guards close in. Prince leans over Muzi. PRINCE (CONT'D) This isn't over. He runs off. Muzi and Thami step back to let the Security Guards run past, whistles blowing shrilly. THAMI That guy's got some serious issues. (beat) And bad breath too. (beat) Mint? He offers Muzi a mint. Muzi's worried frown obviates the need for a response. EXT. TOWNSHIP STREETS - DAY We're back in the organized chaos of the township. EXT. SHOES'S HOUSE - DAY Establishing. INT. SHOES'S KITCHEN - DAY MUZI barges in. SHOES looks up from doing the dishes in the sink, surprised. SHOES Hey muna. You must knock first? What if there was a woman in here? MUZI What the hell is wrong with that guy? Shoes sits down. SHOES Who? MUZI Prince. What did I ever do to him? Shoes stands up, crosses over to the fridge. SHOES What happened? MUZI He's following me around making threats now. All because of some silly competition? Shoes falls silent. SHOES It's not silly. Muzi scrutinizes him. MUZI There's something you're not telling me. Shoes gets up. SHOES Aren't you supposed to be in college? MUZI You said if I joined your crew you'd tell me the truth. Shoes shakes his head, sips his drink. MUZI (CONT'D) Or were you lying just to get me in? SHOES I have never lied to you Muzi. MUZI Then tell me what Prince's beef is. Shoes sips his drink, reticent. MUZI (CONT'D) Okay, I'm enough with this crap. (beat) I'm not so stupid that I can't see when I'm being used. Muzi grabs his bag and leaves. SHOES Muzi! MUZI Tell Ora I'll be sitting out the rehearsals today. That should make him happy. EXT. TOWNSHIP STREETS - EVENING The sun sets over the township. EXT. COLLEGE - DAY (NEW DAY) We're outside Muzi's college. EXT. COLLEGE GARDEN - DAY MUZI saunters across the garden. KHANYI Muzi! He turns around. KHANYI hurries to catch up. KHANYI (CONT'D) You didn't come through yesterday. Shoes was pissed. MUZI Ja. That makes two of us. THAMI Heita. Bafwethu. THAMI joins them, phone in his hand. THAMI (CONT'D) Have you guys seen this? Check it's trending on the Internet. He shows them his phone. CELLPHONE VIDEO: THE HOODLUMS (from earlier) dance. NEWS REPORTER (V.O.) They call themselves Ambition, and they're taking Jozi by storm. Footage of the stencil: "A.M.B.I.$.H.N." It cuts to PRINCE, on camera. He's wearing aviator glasses. NEWS REPORTER (V.O.) So tell us. What's Ambition all about. Caption: "PRINCE. LEADER. AMBISHN." PRINCE Ambition is like a month old. And already we're the (bleep). We already made it through to Hear Me Move repping Tshwane y'all. And we're going to win it. America, get ready. NEWS REPORTER (V.O.) Wow! That's very...ambitious. Any message for your fans? PRINCE No. But I've got one for Sbujwa Nation. He leans into the camera, menacing. Lowers his shades. PRINCE (CONT'D) You were jealous of me so you kicked me out. Well guess what? CUT TO: INT. WAREHOUSE - EVENING KHANYI, ZEE, ORA, SHOES and the other dancers are gathered around Khanyi's phone, watching the rest of the Prince interview. CELL PHONE FOOTAGE. Prince speaks into the camera. PRINCE Ambishn is the best crew Mzansi's ever seen. And if Sbujwa Nation think they're worth anything, they can come and verse us at Toe To Toe when they film at our place next week. You know where that is, right? He bursts out laughing. ON Khanyi, Zee, Ora, Shoes and the others. The tension is palpable. ZEE I'm not scared of Prince. Let's take him out. SHOES Since when does Prince tell us what to do? ZEE But if we don't go we look like cowards. KHANYI He's challenged us on the Internet. Everyone knows about it. It's already got like a million views. There's silence. Everyone knows Khanyi's right. SHOES I still say we mustn't go. KHANYI What choice do we have? He looks around the room. It's split - some are for him some are against him. ORA Let's vote. Murmurs of approval. KHANYI Wait. Everyone's not here. ORA Muzi knows what time rehearsals start. Let's vote. Shoes frowns, frustrated. Tension mounts. EXT. TOWNSHIP STREETS - DAY (NEW DAY) A new day in the township. INT./EXT. LERATO'S SPAZA SHOP - DAY It's evening outside Lerato's Spaza Shop. Shoes walks up to the counter and knocks. Lerato appears - she's surprised to see him. SHOES Legai ma. LERATO Shoes! (beat) So you've finally come to visit after all these years. SHOES (abashed) Ja, I should've come sooner. LERATO You still look like a boy. Shoes smiles, embarrassed. Uncomfortable silence. SHOES Is Muzi here? LERATO No. More silence. She spins around and enters the house. LERATO (O.C.) (CONT'D) Muzi! You have a visitor. It's your Uncle Shoes. Muzi appears. He stops - surprised to see Shoes. SHOES We need to talk. Lerato looms up behind Muzi. SHOES (CONT'D) In private. Muzi exchanges a tense look with Lerato. She's not happy at all. He steps out-- And walks a few paces away with Shoes. -- Lerato looks on. SHOES (CONT'D) You heard about Prince? MUZI Everyone's seen the video. SHOES The others are going. MUZI Good for them. SHOES What the hell is that supposed to mean? MUZI It's not my battle. Muzi turns to go. Shoes grabs his elbow and jerks him around, his face dark with fury, breathing hard. Muzi gulps - he's never seen Shoes like this. SHOES You've tried so hard to not be like your father that you've ended up just like him. Muzi's face hardens - demanding an explanation. SHOES (CONT'D) He was always shit scared of facing his responsibilities. So he'd run away. He was always running away. MUZI I'm not my father. This has nothing to do with -- SHOES (interrupts) And you want to know why he kept running away. It wasn't because he was afraid of failing. No. (beat) He was afraid of succeeding. Because that's much harder. Muzi is stung. SHOES (CONT'D) You want to know the truth? (beat) Your father and Prince's mother-- (beat) He could be your brother. That's why I took him in. That's why I looked after him. (beat) And that's why he hates you. You had everything. And he had nothing. Not even a father's surname. So ja. This is your battle. Shoes strides away. Muzi is dumbstruck. INT. LERATO'S HOUSE - NIGHT MUZI, GOGO and LERATO are seated at table having dinner. Muzi is playing with his food. GOGO What's wrong Muzi? MUZI Nothing Gogo. LERATO How's your project going? MUZI Well. LERATO Is that why you've been coming home early? Muzi doesn't answer. LERATO (CONT'D) Are you going to tell me what's wrong or are you just going to sit there with a long face. MUZI Did Pa have other children? Lerato and Gogo exchange a glance. This came from nowhere. LERATO Muzi I told you already. Let it go. MUZI No I'm not letting go. You've never told me anything about him. All I hear are rumours and stories from other people. I don't even know what happened the night he died. Do you think that's fair? Gogo clears her throat, picks up the plate and disappears. LERATO Your father was stabbed to death at a party, Muzi. It happens all the time if you live the way he did. MUZI And the drugs? LERATO They found them on him. They said he used them when dancing. You know all this Muzi. MUZI Did they do a test? LERATO What? MUZI A test. Did they do a test? LERATO You can go and ask the police. It was twelve years ago. Good luck with that. She gets up, pauses at the door, softens. LERATO (CONT'D) Muzi. Your father may not have been the best man on earth. I've accepted that. So should you. (beat) You look tired. Go to sleep. She leaves. Muzi stares straight ahead of him, statuesque. EXT. JOBURG CBD - EVENING (NEW DAY) Establishing. INT. SHOES'S WAREHOUSE - EVENING The SBUJWA NATION dancers are warming up, stretching, changing. MUZI walks in. Stares meet him as he walks towards-- ORA, KHANYI and ZEE. MUZI I'm coming to Toe to Toe. ORA You quit on us. MUZI I've changed my mind. ORA It makes no difference. Muzi scowls. SHOES walks into the room, unobserved. ORA (CONT'D) You've been messing around in practice. You don't know the moves. You can't fit in with the rest of the crew. (beat) You'll make us look bad. Muzi turns to the others. MUZI Is that how you all feel? He looks around the room. The rest meet his gaze, defiant. Khanyi looks away. MUZI (CONT'D) Fine. He storms off. There's a stony silence. ORA Let's get started. We don't have a lot of time. EXT. FLYOVER - EVENING We're underneath a flyover. It's dark. Music plays off a small music system. MUZI dances alone. Angry. Frustrated. Humiliated and ashamed. Taking out all this negativity in a POWERFUL SBUJWA DANCE SEQUENCE. CUT TO: INT. PRINCE'S CHOP SHOP - EVENING PRINCE dances alone. Controlled. Mechanical. Precise. CUT TO: EXT. FLYOVER - EVENING Muzi works up a sweat. Panting for breath now. Closes his eyes. CUT TO: EXT. FIELD OF DREAMS - DAY (DREAM SEQUENCE) Nine year old MUZI with SPIKIRI. Spikiri lifts the boy up high in the air, Muzi screams in excitement. Spikiri turns him over into a cartwheel. Muzi shrieks - afraid. CUT TO: INT. PRINCE'S CHOP SHOP - EVENING Tears stream down Prince's face as he gives himself over to the motion. CUT TO: EXT. FLYOVER - EVENING Muzi slows down, exhaustion setting in. The music stops. Muzi looks up, surprised. SHOES That's your problem right there. SHOES steps out of the shadows. SHOES (CONT'D) You're always feeling the moves. And that's great. But it's too much. You've got to learn to control them. MUZI (panting) I've been dancing like this all my life. SHOES Because you've been dancing solo. But if you want to learn how to dance in a crew, you've got to learn to dance like the crew. Muzi pants, catching his breath and trying to wrap his head around what Shoes is saying. SHOES (CONT'D) I can teach you. (beat) If you are ready. Muzi weighs the decision. SHOES (CONT'D) Are you? Muzi snaps around, strides to -- The music system. He presses play. House beats shake the space. Determination is etched in every line on Muzi's face, in every bead of sweat. MUZI Let's do this. Shoes smiles. The music continues over the following-- SERIES OF SHOTS. VIDEO FOOTAGE: SBUJWA NATION dancing. CUT TO: INT. WAREHOUSE - NIGHT The footage plays off a laptop screen. MUZI watches the screen as he imitates the moves. SHOES looks on. Muzi does the moves, bigger and better. Same way he did them before. SHOES Your hands are all over the place. Muzi contains his hands. SHOES (CONT'D) No. I didn't say get stiff. EXT. WAREHOUSE - EVENING (NEW DAY) Muzi stands clandestine outside the warehouse. He watches the Sbujwa Nation dancers leave the warehouse. As soon as the coast is clear, Shoes motions to him to join him. Muzi runs into the warehouse. VIDEO FOOTAGE: SBUJWA NATION -- Doing a different sequence - more legs based. INT. WAREHOUSE - NIGHT The laptop screen. MUZI imitates the moves. Shoes looks on, sipping a beer. SHOES Save the energy for the break-outs. That's when you can really go big. END SERIES OF SHOTS. EXT. WAREHOUSE - MORNING (NEW DAY) Sunrise. EXT. FYLOVER - MORNING MUZI feet throw up clouds of dust. His fluid motions cut through the dawn light. SHOES looks on, impressed. SHOES That's it. It looks better when it's disciplined. MUZI Film it! Shoes takes out his phone and starts recording. Muzi breaks out of the sequence and-- Leaps onto a garbage can, throws himself into a triple back flip. His powerful figure silhoutted by the golden rays of the sun. He lands on his feet, throwing up a cloud of dust, looks up, smiling. SHOES What the hell was that? MUZI Saving energy for the break-out. Shoes shakes his head. Can't help but smile. INT. WAREHOUSE - DAY MUZI takes a gulp of water. Shoes watches the video. MUZI How is it? SHOES Not bad. MUZI Not bad? Muzi snaps the water bottle shut, crosses over to Shoes and takes the phone. MUZI (CONT'D) You think they'll let me dance with them? SHOES It's worth a shot. Go home and get cleaned up. You don't have much time. MUZI Aren't you coming? Shoes shakes his head. SHOES I still think it's a bad idea to let Prince tell you what to do. He puts a reassuring hand on Muzi's shoulder. SHOES (CONT'D) But I'll be watching. (beat) This is your battle. Muzi nods - determined. EXT. TOWNSHIP STREETS - DAY Muzi walks along the street, phone to his ear. MUZI (into phone) Khanyi. Hey. I'm coming to the studio. Where's it at? KHANYI (O.S.) You're what? MUZI (into phone) I said I'm coming to Toe To Toe. Where do I have to be? KHANYI (O.S.) It's the studio in Randburg. (beat) Listen are you really coming? MUZI (into phone) Yeah. I know you guys don't trust me and all but that's going to change. (beat) See you now. He hangs up and smiles. INT. LERATO'S LOUNGE - DAY MUZI walks into the lounge looking all cleaned up, combing his hair. He stops dead in his tracks. LERATO stands there - an imposing statue blocking his way - watching the videos on Muzi's cellphone. Muzi gulps. Lerato's eyes flare out at him. LERATO What's this? Muzi is silent. Lerato's voice trembles with suppressed emotion. LERATO (CONT'D) You promised me, Muzi. Muzi doesn't know what to say. Lerato's rage crescendoes. LERATO (CONT'D) You promised me you wouldn't dance anymore. You promised me you'd focus on school. (shouting) You said you would become someone in life and not be like your father. She holds up the phone. LERATO (CONT'D) What's this Muzi? Muzi is tongue-tied. LERATO (CONT'D) How long has this been going on? MUZI It's no big deal ma, really I-- Lerato sits. She can't believe what she's hearing. LERATO Muzi, you know what happened to your father. You know why I don't want you to dance. Now you want to go down the same route? ON Muzi. Tortured. MUZI I have to go, Ma. Lerato shoots to her feet in an apoplexy of rage. LERATO (shouting) You're not going anywhere. I've had it with your lies, Muzi. You're going to sit here and you're going to finish the accounts. She turns to leave. MUZI I'm a grown man, ma. She turns back. LERATO Then act like it. You've been lying to me for weeks telling me about a project with Thami. You think I couldn't tell? She tosses the phone on the table. LERATO (CONT'D) You say you're a man. Okay. Fine. I've done my part. You want to throw your life away like your father, that's fine. But this shop is putting food on your table. You're not going anywhere until you finish the accounts. She storms off. Muzi starts to speak, thinks better of it. He tosses his bag down and grabs the ledger and receipt book off the shelf. EXT. WAREHOUSE - DAY OB Van parked outside. Metal railings. A sign - "Silence. Filming In Progress." A bored SECURITY GUARD sits by the entrance. INT. CHOP SHOP - DAY We drift past a sign "TOE 2 TOE". Cameras. Lights. Crew. The "Jika Ma Jika" or "Step Up Or Step Out" setup. STUDIO AUDIENCE MEMBERS stand behind the iron mesh, screaming their heads off. CELEBRITY MC Welcome to Toe To Toe Street Battle. Last week we took it to the Reptiles. The week before was at Freeze Frame's. And this week, we are rocking it with Ambishn in a secret venue where they and Sbujwa Nation will go-- The STUDIO AUDIENCE MEMBERS shouts - "Toe to Toe." INT. BATHROOM - DAY PRINCE takes out a baggie. Scoops some dope onto his fingernail and sniffs it. Passes the baggie to T-BOZ and ARNOLD and the other A.M.B.I.$.H.N. dancers. They do the same. Prince leads them out. INT. CHOP SHOP - DAY SBUJWA NATION do a SBUJWA DANCE ROUTINE. The same routine that they were doing at rehearsals. A.M.B.I.$.H.N. stand on the sidelines. They watch with a sneer on their faces. The STUDIO AUDIENCE MEMBERS cheer. The CELEBRITY M.C. watches, excited. CELEBRITY MC Three, two, one... A.M.B.I.$.H.N. burst onto the stage. They do the exact same sequence that Sbujwa Nation did. Only better. ON: KHANYI, ORA, ZEE and the OTHERS. Bewildered. EXT. WAREHOUSE - DAY MUZI hurries up to the door. The SECURITY GUARD blocks his way. SECURITY GUARD Sorry. No entry. Filming in progress. MUZI I'm one of the dancers. SECURITY GUARD Sorry. Muzi tries to push past him - the guard blocks his way. SECURITY GUARD (CONT'D) Chief. I said no entry. Muzi tosses his bag down in frustration. INT. CHOP SHOP - DAY A.M.B.I.$.H.N. Complete their sequence. CELEBRITY MC Three, two, one. The STUDIO AUDIENCE MEMBERS cheer A.M.B.I.$.H.N. off stage. CELEBRITY MC (CONT'D) Audience. They have gone-- The STUDIO AUDIENCE MEMBERS reply with a chorus - "Toe to Toe". CELEBRITY MC (CONT'D) And the winner is-- The STUDIO AUDIENCE MEMBERS scream "Ambishn." A.M.B.I.$.H.N. are ecstatic. CELEBRITY MC (CONT'D) There can be no doubt about that. Ambition are this week's winners of Toe To Toe! PRINCE sneers at ORA, KHANYI and ZEE. EXT. TELEVISION STUDIOS - DAY The doors slide open and MUZI watches the STUDIO AUDIENCE MEMBERS stream out. He spots-- The A.M.B.I.$.H.N. Members - on cloud nine. High fiving each other. Muzi's face falls. He realizes what just happened. He feels a pair of eyes burning into him and turns around to see-- PRINCE. He locks eyes with Muzi. It's a death stare. Loaded moment - a portent of what's to come. ARNOLD Prince. Let's go man. The moment is broken. Prince slithers away grudgingly, his eyes leaving an unspoken warning for Muzi. Next time. KHANYI Thanks for being there for your crew, Muzi. MUZI snaps out of his reverie and spins around to find-- KHANYI, ORA, ZEE and the OTHER SBUJWA NATION members behind him. KHANYI (CONT'D) They killed us. Muzi is totally confused. MUZI I got delayed at home. I was on my way, promise. Khanyi starts to walk away. MUZI (CONT'D) What? Back up. How is it my fault? You guys didn't even want me to-- Khanyi spins around, angry. KHANYI Don't you get it? You let your crew down, Muzi. You let us down in the rehearsals. You let us down today. It's over. Muzi is stumped. ORA Let's go, Khanyi. Khanyi starts to leave again. MUZI Hey hold up! I've busted my balls these last two days learning all the moves. I've got them down. Ask Shoes. ORA Yeah like we'll really need them now. MUZI What the hell is that supposed to mean? ORA We're not going to Hear Me Move. ZEE Hey. We didn't decide that for sure. ORA What makes you think we'll beat them a week from now, hey? Muzi can't reply. Ora and Zee turn and trudge away, following Khanyi. Muzi is a portrait of defeat. EXT. JOBURG CBD - DAY Establishing. Taxis. Busy streets. Lots of noise. KHANYI, ORA and ZEE disembark from a taxi. They're all forlorn, no one says anything. They go off in different directions. Ora watches Khanyi go, thinks for a beat. He chases after her. ORA Khanyi. Lemme walk with you.. KHANYI I'm good thanks. She walks off. Ora is not to be put off. He follows. ORA I was thinking maybe would could grab something to eat? Khanyi stops, turns to face him with an air of finality. KHANYI Ora, you're a great guy and all. But this is never going to work. Ora's face darkens. ORA You still like him, don't you? Even after he let the whole crew down? KHANYI This has nothing to do with Muzi. ORA Who said anything about Muzi? He spins around and stalks away, bitterness etched on his face. EXT. TOWNSHIP STREETS - DAY We're back in the township. INT. LERATO'S SPAZA SHOP - DAY MUZI storms in and drops his bag, on the warpath. MUZI Thanks for making me late. LERATO looks up from stacking loaves of bread on the counter. LERATO What? MUZI You made me late for the competition. LERATO Listen wena. I don't care how old you are. I'm your mother you're not going to speak to me like that. MUZI All my life, I've only wanted one thing. Just one thing. And you won't even let me have it. Lerato is stung. LERATO I have looked after you all your life. I raised you by myself. I carried you for nine months Muzi. I want what is best for you. MUZI What about what I want? Lerato is bewildered - she can't believe she's hearing this - retreats into defence mode. LERATO Muzi, as long as your under my roof - MUZI Keep your damn roof. LERATO (splutters) What? He grabs his bag and storms out. LERATO (CONT'D) Muzi! Where are you going? Muzi! Muzi's out of there. Gone. Lerato bites her lip, tears welling up in her eyes. She breaks down and sobs. EXT. SHOES'S HOUSE - EVENING A hand KNOCKS on the door. Pulls back. SHOES (O.C.) Ja ja ja. The door opens and Shoes looks out at-- MUZI. Standing there. Bag in his hands. Head dropped. And Shoes just looks at him. EXT. JOBURG CBD - EVENING Establishing. ORA skateboards down the streets. EXT. PRINCE'S CHOP SHOP - EVENING ORA picks up his skateboard and walks in. INT. PRINCE'S CHOP SHOP - EVENING The A.M.B.I.$.H.N. dancers have celebratory drinks. Music plays. ORA walks in. A.M.B.I.$.H.N. snap to attention, wolves ready for the kill. The music dies. T-BOZ What do you want? ORA I'm looking for Prince. ARNOLD Voetsek. PRINCE Let him speak. PRINCE looms up from the back, approaches Ora. Nods at him, giving him permission to speak. Ora takes a deep breath. ORA I...I want to join Ambishn. The A.M.B.I.$.H.N. Dancers burst out laughing. PRINCE Why? ORA Coz I'm a damn good dancer. And I want to be at Hear Me Move with a winning crew. PRINCE Our worst is better than you. Ora glances around, thinking fast. ORA I can help you beat Sbujwa Nation. ARNOLD We've beaten them already. They're not going to rock up at Hear Me Move. ORA That's what you think. PRINCE What do you mean? Ora pauses, deliberates. ORA Shoes gave Muzi the tape. Prince grabs Ora's collar and almost lifts him off the ground. PRINCE What? ORA (panicky) The tape he refused to give you. He gave it to Muzi. I saw him. I swear. Prince shoves Ora to the floor. Ora gets up, dusts himself off. ORA (CONT'D) Let me join you guys. Please. I'm tired of Sbujwa Nation. Prince regards him with condescension. PRINCE You're pathetic. My weenie's got more swag than you. Voetsek. Ora is bewildered, hangs back. ORA Please. Arnold looms up, threatening. He grabs Ora's skateboard. ARNOLD Voetsek! Ora hurries out, embarrassed. Prince watches him go, a deep furrow on his brow. Dark thoughts cross his mind. PINKY I think we should've kept him close. PRINCE Shut up! I do the thinking. You just stand there and look pretty. He walks out. Pinky bites back her hurt. EXT. TOWNSHIP STREETS - NIGHT It's evening. The township buzz on the streets is slowly dying down. INT. LERATO'S LOUNGE - NIGHT LERATO stares at the TV with sightless eyes. Not hearing. Not seeing. Just needing to do something with herself. INT. SHOES'S HOUSE - NIGHT A hand pops a tape into a VHS player. MUZI sits down in front of the TV. Presses play on the remote. VIDEO FOOTAGE: SPIKIRI executes DEFT PANTSULA MOVES. Nothing we have seen before. INT. SHOES'S HOUSE - NIGHT Muzi watches in wrapt attention. VIDEO FOOTAGE: Spikiri speaks to the OFF SCREEN CAMERAMAN. SPIKIRI This move I'm about to show you is called Sizwile. CAMERAMAN (O.C.) Meaning? SPIKIRI We heard you. CAMERAN (O.C.) We heard you? SPIKIRI Ja. Sizwile. We heard you. I've never done it before in public. It's top secret. My show Stopper. Don't try this at home. CAMERA TRACKS BACK as Spikiri takes a step back and -- THE FOOTAGE GOES BLURRY -- WHITE LINES CUT ACROSS THE SCREEN. ON MUZI. He rewinds the tape. Replays. Same thing. Rewinds again. Replays. No change. Muzi shakes his head, frustrated. INT. LERATO'S LOUNGE - NIGHT GOGO plomps down beside LERATO, takes the remote and turns off the TV. Lerato doesn't move. GOGO Oh my child. Lerato is silent. GOGO (CONT'D) I remember the first time you told me about Vuyo. You came home one day, smiling from ear to ear. Walking as if you were floating through the air. I knew you were in love, even though you didn't want to tell me. Lerato cracks a smile. GOGO (CONT'D) I knew that that Vuyo was crazy. I told you someone who people called Spikiri was nothing but trouble. Lerato's smile fades. GOGO (CONT'D) But you said you were in love. It was always Vuyo this and Vuyo that. (beat) I had to let you go, because I knew that you had to be who you had to be, not who I wanted you to be. She let's that hang there for a second, gets up. GOGO (CONT'D) You need to let go of the past Lerato. The boy isn't his father. She leaves. Lerato stares at the TV, digesting what she's just heard. EXT. FIELD OF DREAMS - DAY - (DREAM SEQUENCE) MUZI, seven years old, with Spikiri. Spikiri holding him aloft and Muzi screaming in fear. MUZI Put me down. Tears run down his face. Spikiri laughs. SPIKIRI Don't be scared. I won't drop you. MUZI No, put me down. SPIKIRI Eish, okay. Sizwile. Muzi screams louder. SPIKIRI (CONT'D) Sizwile. He puts him down. END DREAM SEQUENCE. INT. SHOES'S HOUSE - NIGHT MUZI's eyes pop open. He's stretched out on the couch. The VHS tape lies next to him. He hears a noise that jolts him bolt upright. It comes again. He waits for his eyes to adjust to the darkness. He hears it again. A CLICK. He sees the front door crack open. MUZI Shoes? THREE ATTACKERS burst into the room and pounce on Muzi. He SHOUTS as One Attacker grapples with him. Another Attacker grabs the VHS tape. SHOES leaps into the room, grabs the attacker with the tape. Muzi and his attacker struggle. The third attacker approaches them, arm raised. In it, a gleaming knife. SHOES Muzi! SHOES charges at the attacker. CRASH. SHOES roars in anger. ATTACKER (trembling voice) Go! Go! Go! The Attackers bolt out of the room, overturning chairs and knocking over the table. Muzi is after them in an instant. SHOES Muzi! Something about Shoes's voice makes Muzi stop. He flips the light switch, bathing the room in orange light. Shoes is breathing hard. SHOES (CONT'D) It was Prince. He holds up the VHS tape. The case is cracked open. A spool of tape falls to the ground. SHOES (CONT'D) He wanted the tape. ON Muzi. Stunned. Shoes registers the shock on Muzi's face. Follows Muzi's gaze to his own chest. A crimson stain. Spreading and darkening each second. Shoes stumbles back onto the chair. Muzi grabs him just as he falls. He groans. Muzi looks at him, bewildered, not sure what to do. EXT. HOSPITAL - DAY (NEW DAY) The sun rises over an imposing hospital building. Think Chris Hani Baragwanath. INT. HOSPITAL WARD - DAY SHOES lies in a hospital bed, asleep. A bandage wrapped around his left shoulder. Across from him, also asleep, is MUZI. LERATO Oh my child. LERATO rushes Muzi. He's barely woken up when he finds himself wrapped in his mothers arms. GOGO brings up the rear, looking concerned. LERATO (CONT'D) I came as soon as I heard. (to Shoes) How are you feeling? Shoes forces a smile. SHOES Terrible. Lerato's eyes well up. LERATO I'm so sorry. MUZI No. I'm sorry. I said some really stupid things.. LERATO You were right. I've tried to protect you from the past for too long. And that's not fair. She turns to Shoes. LERATO (CONT'D) Shoes. For twelve years I wouldn't speak to you because I blamed you for Vuyo's death. But I can't carry that in my heart anymore. I can't. Shoes takes her hand. She hugs him. Muzi looks on, bewildered. MUZI Is it true? Shoes looks away. MUZI (CONT'D) Was it your fault? The tension in the room is palpable. MUZI (CONT'D) Was it your fault my father died? Lerato and Shoes exchange a look. GOGO Let's go and get Shoes some fruit, Lerato. Lerato hangs back for a second, hesitant. She walks out. Shoes is silent for a beat. Muzi watches him, fear growing in his eyes. Shoes heaves a heavy sigh. SHOES Yes. It was my fault. EXT. TOWNSHIP STREET PARTY - EVENING - (FLASHBACK) A street party. Early naughties (as in 2000s) house music blasting from open car doors. People dancing. SPIKIRI walks through the crowd, a king amongst his subjects. SHOES (V.O.) Your father had just got back from touring the States. It was the first time the Americans saw pantsula and they loved it. Boom Shaka booked him for a tour as soon as he landed. (beat) I so wanted to be as good as he was. I would do anything. SHOES stands in a corner with a DEALER. Money changes hands, as well as a small white baggie. Shoes pockets it. CUT TO: EXT. TOWNSHIP STREET PARTY - EVENING - (FLASHBACK) SHOES and SPIKIRI quarreling in the middle of the party. SHOES (V.O.) He hated what I was doing. He told me that drugs would destroy me. I was like a younger brother to him. Spikiri, livid, spots the Dealer. He goes up to him and shoves him to the ground. And what follows happens so quickly that no one can stop it-- Dealer grabs a beer bottle on the ground. Breaks it on the pavement. Leaps to his feet. Stabs Spikiri in the neck. Everyone is shocked. Spikiri grabs his neck. SHOES (V.O.) It was all my fault. CUT TO: EXT. TOWNSHIP STREET PARTY - EVENING - (FLASHBACK) SHOES cradles a lifeless SPIKIRI. The wail of sirens rises in the background. People scamper. Shoes looks up, helpless terror in his eyes. SHOES (V.O.) The cops were so close they would've seen me throw the baggie away. In one fateful split moment he decides. He grabs the baggie out his pocket, shoves it in Spikiri's pocket as-- TWO POLICEMEN arrive at the scene. SHOES (V.O.) It was the dumbest thing I ever did in my life. END FLASHBACK. INT. HOSPITAL WARD - DAY - (PRESENT DAY) Tears stream down Muzi's face. SHOES I was never able to dance again. I couldn't. (beat) I swore on your father's grave that I'd spend the rest of my life making up for what I did that day. Muzi stares at him, hatred in his eyes. MUZI How could you? SHOES I'm sorry. Muzi gets up, turns away. SHOES (CONT'D) I've hated my life all these years Muzi. But when I saw you that day I thought maybe. Maybe this time I can pay Spikiri back by making you the person you were meant to be. MUZI You lied to me. SHOES I told you what you needed to hear. This is too much for Muzi. He sits down again. SHOES (CONT'D) Become who you're meant to be, Muzi. It's the only way. Muzi is silent, his mind racing. SHOES (CONT'D) Your father took a knife because of me. Muzi looks up. MUZI And you did the same for me. Shoes nods. SHOES Then I guess we're even now. Muzi stares long and hard at Shoes. SHOES (CONT'D) You know what you have to do. Prince is -- MUZI (interrupts) --Prince is my brother. SHOES That's why you have to save him. (beat) From himself. (beat) You're the only one who can do it. Muzi digests this. EXT. SANDTON - EVENING Wide boulevards. Shimmering skyscrapers. High end cars. The evening streets of Sandton smack of opulence. INT. NIGHTCLUB - EVENING At a table in a nightclub, the THREE CELEBRITY JUDGES (we last saw them at the Hear Me Move Joburg Qualifiers) are seated at a table having drinks and laughing. The laughter subsides as-- PRINCE walks up to them. He drops three envelopes on the table. CELEBRITY JUDGE ONE picks up the envelope and opens it. It's stuffed full of money. PRINCE Ambishn's going to win the competition on Saturday. The Celebrity Judges trade looks. Celebrity Judge One smiles, pockets the envelope. CELEBRITY JUDGE ONE You know the crowd will vote how they want, right? PRINCE Leave the crowd to me. He looks at the other two celebrity judges. They pick up the envelopes and pocket them, smiling. Deal is sealed. CELEBRITY JUDGE ONE Yo man. Grab a drink. Prince leaves him hanging and just walks away. EXT. TOWNSHIP STREETS - EVENING The township streets are quiet. INT. MUZI'S BEDROOM - EVENING MUZI sits on his bed. In his hands a photo of Spikiri with Shoes. He stares at the photo, doesn't notice LERATO appear at the door. Lerato takes in the moment, not wanting to disturb it. Muzi flips the photo over. On the back, one word: "Sizwile". He looks at it with interest as if seeing it for the first time, though he's seen it many times before. Lerato turns to leave. Muzi hears her. MUZI Wait. She does. MUZI (CONT'D) What's this? He points to the text on the back of the photo. MUZI (CONT'D) Sizwile. LERATO Oh, that's you. Muzi looks up, surprised. LERATO (CONT'D) Your father wrote that. She smiles. Sits beside him, and looks at the photo. LERATO (CONT'D) He'd call you Sizwile when you were a baby. You were always crying all the time. He said you just wanted to be heard. So he'd pick you up and say, Ja, Sizwile. We've heard you. She presses his hand. Gets up and leaves. Muzi gazes at the picture. A memory stirs in his mind. SPIKIRI (V.O.) Ja. Sizwile. We heard you. I've never done it before in public. It's top secret. My show Stopper. Don't try this at home. He looks at the reverse of the photo. Looks at the word written there: "SIZWILE". His face lights up in realization. MUZI (to himself) Sizwile. (beat) I am Sizwile. EXT. JOBURG CBD - DAY (NEW DAY) It's early morning in the city. INT. WAREHOUSE - DAY MUZI sits, staring at the old photo of himself and his father. He looks up as hears-- ORA, ZEE and the other crew members walking in. KHANYI brings up the rear. They all stop when they see him. Muzi stands up. ORA Shoes said he'd meet us here. MUZI He's still in hospital. KHANYI So now he's lying to us? This is nonsense. I'ma be late for class. Let's go. MUZI Guys, wait. They do so. Muzi clears his throat, takes one last look at the photo, drawing courage from it. MUZI (CONT'D) I owe all you guys an apology. I've let the crew down, and I've let myself down. Khanyi folds her hands - defensive. MUZI (CONT'D) But we can't quit now. Not when we've come this far. ORA We don't have any more moves. Prince and Shoes came up with everything we did. The others nod in agreement. MUZI That's not completely true. He walks across to the music system and turns it on. House beats blast through the space. MUZI (CONT'D) Prince destroyed Spikiri's tape but I learnt the moves. His gaze sweeps the room. MUZI (CONT'D) So if you guys are willing to give it a try, for Shoes, then so am I. KHANYI You? Boss? Muzi nods. MUZI Ja. Zee smiles. ZEE This I've got to see. He stands beside Muzi. Ready. The other dancers join him. Only Khanyi and Ora are left watching. Muzi looks at Khanyi, pleading with his eyes. KHANYI For Shoes. She joins them. Muzi smiles. Ora stands alone, by the door. Weighs his decision. Everyone watches him. He takes a step forward. ORA Okay. MUZI We're going to beat Ambishn on their own turf. We're taking this to the streets. CUT TO: SERIES OF SHOTS. EXT. TOWNSHIP STREETS - DAY SBUJWA NATION doing a new sequence. Led by Muzi. CUT TO: EXT. COLLEGE - DAY SBUJWA NATION execute moves outside the College. Students stand watching and clapping. Some film on their phones. CUT TO: CELL PHONE FOOTAGE SBUJWA NATION DANCING. CUT TO: EXT. JOBURG CBD - DAY A hand pulls back to reveal-- AN ONLOOKER watching SBUJWA NATION dancing in the street, surrounded by a crowd of curious passers-by. END SERIES OF SHOTS. INT. WAREHOUSE - DAY SBUJWA NATION complete the dance sequence with a flourish, laughing, cheering, clapping, whistling. THAMI enters, holding up his phone. THAMI You guys are in big trouble. The others stop, look at him with questioning eyes. THAMI (CONT'D) The competition's tomorrow and you guys are trending. You've got more followers than Prince and them. KHANYI squeals in excitement and gives Muzi a hug despite herself. They separate, embarrassed. ORA Ja, guys. Save it for the competition. Khanyi smiles coyly. EXT. JOBURG COMPETITION VENUE - NIGHT A CROWD OF YOUNG PEOPLE mills about the entrance. A banner announces the event we've all been waiting for: "HEAR ME MOVE FINALS." INT. JOBURG COMPETITION VENUE - NIGHT It's even more crowded inside. Banners everywhere. A CROWD OF SPECTATORS squeezes around a dance floor, in the middle of which stands THE MC, mic in hand. MC Thank you! Thank you all for coming out to the final of the first ever Hear Me Move Dance Competition! The crowd erupts in rapturous applause. MC (CONT'D) After a gruelling qualifying phases in Cape Town, Joburg, Pretoria, Durban, Witbank, Rustenberg, Nelspruit and Polokwane, eight crews were left standing. Today - only one of them will walk out of here with the title of-- (beat) Mzansi's Best dance crew! The crowd breaks into wild cheering again. MC (CONT'D) Ace. ACE dance crew members step forward. MC (CONT'D) Vaya Volcano. The Vaya Volcano CREW MEMBERS nod. MC (CONT'D) Johannesburg: Sbujwa Nation. Wild cheers from the crowd. MC (CONT'D) The Stunners. The Stunners bow. MC (CONT'D) Prophelaz. Prophelaz whoop and yell. MC (CONT'D) Freeze Frame. FREEZE FRAME step forward. MC (CONT'D) Reptiles. REPTILES execute a couple of b-boying moves. The crowd oohs and aahs. MC (CONT'D) And finally. Qualifying in our last qualification round in Pretoria and and taking Gauteng by storm - give it up for (beat) AMBISHN. PRINCE, PINKY, T-BOZ, ARNOLD and the OTHER AMBISHN DANCERS hype up the crowd. And the crowd gives a massive response. It's obvious who the crowd favorites are. MC (CONT'D) Seven of these crews will walk out of here today with mad respect. But only one of them-- (beat) Will tour the US with world renown artistes and a cool two hundred and fifty thousand rand in their pockets. Rapturous applause from the crowd. The dancers glance around, nervous. Prince smirks. MC (CONT'D) And you will be the judges. You'all got your cards right. Affirmative yells from the crowd. Red and green cards dot the air. MC (CONT'D) Then let's Hear Them Mooooooove! Give it up for (theatrical pause) Vaya Volcano! The MEMBERS OF Vaya Volcano step onto stage and stand in a row. The music begins. They pitch into a fast paced sbujwa and jerking hybrid sequence. CUT TO: SBUJWA NATION Prince and the other A.M.B.I.$.H.N. Members walk up to them. PRINCE So you came. ZEE No. We didn't. You're just seeing things. MUZI Zee! (to Prince) Listen, we don't want to start any trouble. Prince shoves Muzi. PRINCE Too late for that. He glares at Ora. PRINCE (CONT'D) I see you forgave your rat. ORA (falsely indignant) Who you calling a rat? PRINCE You didn't sound so cocky when you tried to join our crew. When you told us about Muzi and the tape. Shocked looks from Muzi, Khanyi, Zee and the other Sbujwa Nation members. PRINCE (CONT'D) See you on the dance floor. He and the A.M.B.I.$.H.N. Members walks off. Muzi, Zee and Khanyi turn to Ora. KHANYI Is it true? Ora hangs his head. ZEE Is it too late to kick him out? Everyone turns to Muzi. The decision rests with him. CUT TO: THE STUNNERS. DOING A DANCE SEQUENCE. CUT TO: SBUJWA NATION. Muzi looks long and hard at Ora. He reaches a decision, turns to the others. MUZI We're a team. What's done is done. If Ora didn't still want to be a part of us, he wouldn't be here now. He stretches out his hand. Ora looks at it. MC Welcome onto the stage, with a warm round of applause, FREEZE FRAME! CUT TO: FREEZE FRAME. They perform their sequence. CUT TO: SBUJWA NATION. ORA takes MUZI's hand and shakes it. ZEE No guys. He sold us out. MUZI Do it for Shoes. Khanyi shakes Ora's hand. Zee, begrudgingly, follows suit. MUZI (CONT'D) We're up next. Are we a team? Nods all around. MUZI (CONT'D) I can't hear you. The others shout - "Yeah!" CUT TO: SBUJWA NATION. On stage. They do a sequence. Intercut with: SERIES OF SHOTS 1. ACE battling them. 2. Red Cards from the Crowd. CELEBRITY JUDGES The Celebrity judges adlib their reasons for giving thumbs up to Freeze Frame as opposed to the other crew. 3. Green cards from the Celebrity Judges. 4. SBUJWA NATION on stage. Completing their sequence. END SERIES OF SHOTS CUT TO: SBUJWA NATION. Panting as they walk off stage. MUZI Well done guys. ZEE Check who's on now. They turn to see-- ON A.M.B.I.$.H.N. They swagger on stage. The music starts up and they-- Put their opponents to shame with a flawless performance. The Crowd votes. Red cards all around. Unanimous. CELEBRITY JUDGES The Celebrity judges adlib their reasons for giving thumbs up Sbujwa Nation. Prince sniggers at Sbujwa Nation. SBUJWA NATION. ORA Shit. CUT TO: SBUJWA NATION. Performing on stage. Giving it their all. CUT TO: REPTILES. They're also damn good. CUT TO: THE CROWD. Split vote. Half go up with green cards. Half go up with red. CUT TO: THE JUDGES. CELEBRITY JUDGES The Celebrity judges adlib their reasons for voting for Sbujwa Nation and not Reptilez. Two red cards. One green. CUT TO: SBUJWA NATION. Khanyi screams. Zee pumps his fist in triumph. The Sbujwa Nation dancers exchange hugs. ON THE JUDGE'S TABLE. A PRINTOUT OF A TREE DIAGRAM SHOWING THE TEAMS THROUGH TO THE QUARTERS AND SEMI's: SBUJWA NATION, A.M.B.I.$.H.N., Prophelaz and Freeze Frame. CELEBRITY JUDGES The Celebrity Judges explain why Ambishn, Prphelaz, Freeze Frame and Sbujwa Nation are through to the quarters. [The above could actually replace the tree diagram if the tree diagram has incorrect names]. CUT TO: THE MC. She takes the stage. MC And opening up the semi-final rounds...give it up for Ambishn! CUT TO: A.M.B.I.$.H.N. The image of perfection. CUT TO: PROPHELAZ. They don't stand a chance. CUT TO: CROWD VOTES. No doubt about this round. It's red cards all around. CUT TO: SBUJWA NATION. Dancing. Giving it their all. CUT TO: REPTILEZ. Going ape on stage. CUT TO: THE CROWD. They cheer and yell holding up green cards and red cards. Split vote. CUT TO: THE JUDGES. Looking serious. CUT TO: SBUJWA NATION. Huddled in prayer. CUT TO: THE JUDGES. CELEBRITY JUDGES The Celebrity judges give reasons for voting for Sbujwa Nation but they leave the final decision balancing on the edge. They hold up red cards. CUT TO: SBUJWA NATION. They explode into celebration, sighs of relief all around. CUT TO: THE MC. She takes the stage. MC Ladies and gentlemen. We have come to the moment that you've all been waiting for. After some gruelling quarter finals and semifinal rounds, and some amazing dancing... (beat) I give you the finalists of the Inaugural Hear ME Move dance competition. Ambishn -- ON A.M.B.I.$.H.N. Cool. Calm. Collected. They own this crowd. MC (O.S.) And Sbujwa Nation. ON SBUJWA NATION. They square off against A.M.B.I.$.H.N. ON THE MC. MC The final round where the winner takes all. Are you ready to hear them move? ON THE CROWD OF SPECTATORS. They shout their response - hell "YES!" ON MUZI. Oblivious. He is watching-- LERATO. Pushing her way to the front. She came. ON MUZI. He pushes his way to the sidelines and embraces her in a tight hug. MUZI You came! LERATO I've seen those moves before somewhere. Muzi can't help but smile. LERATO (CONT'D) Go out there and do what you have to do. ON THE MC. MC Let the final battle begin. The music is cued up. A.M.B.I.$.H.N. Prince and his crew step up onto the stage. Their sequence is expertly choreographed. Machine-like. Precise. They complete their sequence and --. ON THE CROWD. The CROWD OF SPECTATORS goes crazy. ON THE MC. The MC has a hard time containing the crowd. MC It's not over yet. It's not over. Sbujwa Nation. Ambishn have brought it to you. Show them what you've got. ON SBUJWA NATION. SBUJWA NATION step into their opening positions - heads bowed. Muzi nods. The music begins. They start. They're damn good: synchronized, energetic, focused. They give it their all and produce a world class performance. The music stops. They pause in their closing positions - heads bowed - same way they started. Looking stylish. The crowd blows up. Muzi, Khanyi and the others smile. They know they've done well. The MC walks onto the stage. MC You know the drill by now. Red cards Ambishn. Green cards Sbujwa Nation. (beat) Ambishn? ON THE CROWD. Half the crowd holds up Red Cards. ON THE MC. MC This is going to be tight... Sbujwa Nation? ON THE CROWD. The other half hoist their Green cards and wave them. ON THE MC. MC Judges. We have a tie. It's up to you. ON THE CELEBRITY JUDGES. They exchange a look. ON PRINCE. He smiles smugly. ON THE CELEBRITY JUDGES. CELEBRITY JUDGES The Judges adlib their thoughts about the Ambishn performance versus the Sbujwa Nation performance...nothing definitive though... The Judges hold up red cards. ON A.M.B.I.$.H.N. Their members erupt in racous celebration. MC It's Ambishn. Ambishn take it. Ladies and gentlemen. The Champions and winners of the Inaugural Hear Me Move Dance Competition - give it up for - Ambishn! ON SBUJWA NATION. Downcast. They exchange forlorn looks. KHANYI We tried. ZEE Ja, at least we came second. Muzi stares at the judges. Sees them exchange a look with Prince. MUZI (aloud, to himself) No! He steps onto the stage, pushing his way through celebrating A.M.B.I.$.H.N. Members. He grabs the mic from the MC. MUZI (CONT'D) (shouting into mic) HEY!!! The cheering dies down - all eyes are on Muzi. MUZI (CONT'D) Majitas...this doesn't make sense. I say we have one last round. A tie breaker. PRINCE (shouting) You've lost! Voetsek... Muzi ignores him. MUZI (into mic) One last round to decide. What do you say? The MC takes the mic from him. MC (into mic) The competition rules state that the judge's decision is final. CELEBRITY JUDGES The Celebrity judges give reasons why their say is final and why Muzi must shut up and go home. Muzi takes back the mic, addresses the crowd. MUZI Green cards for yes. Red cards for No. ON PRINCE. Livid. He steps up to Muzi. Muzi steps away from him. ON THE CROWD. A flurry of green cards cover the arena. ON MUZI. Muzi smiles, satisfied. Prince grabs the mic from him. PRINCE (into mic) Bafwethu. This guy is jealous. He got me kicked out of my crew, and now I've won with another crew he wants to do it again. This isn't fair. MUZI The crowd has decided Prince. It's not over. Prince looks at the green cards dotting the space. Looks at the Judges. They look defeated. He weighs his options for a second, face narrows. PRINCE (into mic) Okay. But this is between you and me. Solo. The A.M.B.I.$.H.N. Members nod their agreement. SBUJWA NATION looks on. CELEBRITY JUDGES The Celebrity Judges give reasons to Prince about why he shouldn't go ahead with it. Muzi considers this for a second. He grabs the mic from Prince. MUZI (into mic) I don't dance without my crew. ON Khanyi. Breaking into a smile. PRINCE Fine! He thinks quickly. PRINCE (CONT'D) Five minutes. MUZI Five minutes. Prince storms off. The MC takes the mic back. MC The drama never stops. In five minutes we will have the showdown of the century. The crowd breaks into rapturous applause. Prince storms off. ON SBUJWA NATION. Muzi rejoins them. ZEE Sho mfethu! ORA Grand grand you've got balls. MUZI That guy's cheated. He did something to the judges. KHANYI Look at them now. ON A.M.B.I.$.H.N. Prince having a hushed discussion with his teammates. They all head out towards the bathrooms. ON MUZI. MUZI Dammnit. They're going to take a hit. He heads off after them. KHANYI Where are you going? Muzi doesn't turn back. MUZI We've come too far for this Khanyi. I'm going to stop them. Ora and Zee stand looking at each other blankly. KHANYI Go after him damnit! They snap into action, just in time to see Muzi push his way through the crowds towards the bathroom. They follow him. INT. BATHROOM - NIGHT PRINCE, T-BOZ and ARNOLD pass a baggie round, using their fingernails to scoop up and sniff the white powder. The door bursts open and Muzi enters, phone held aloft in his hand. MUZI I've got you guys on video. It's over Prince. The A.M.B.I.$.H.N. Members hem him in. PRINCE Someone take that phone from him. Arnold grabs the phone. PRINCE (CONT'D) You think you're better, neh. You and your stupid little speeches. MUZI At least I don't need drugs to dance. PRINCE Maybe I learnt from your father. He and the other A.M.B.I.$.H.N. Members burst out laughing. Muzi roars in anger and hurls himself at Prince, tackling him to the ground. Prince's hand. The flick of a switchblade. A glint of light on a flash of steel. Muzi screams in pain just as-- ORA and ZEE storm into the bathroom. Prince struggles to his feet, breathing hard, pocketing the blade. The other A.M.B.I.$.H.N. Members look on in shock. PRINCE (CONT'D) Let's go! He bolts out, his cronies hot on his heels. Muzi's leaps his feet. He groans and doubles over, clutching his side. Ora helps him up. ZEE Are you sharp? Muzi winces. A rapidly spreading blood stain on his side. ORA Yo, yo, yo! MUZI I'm alright. ORA We have to take you to hospital. ZEE There's an ambulance outside. MUZI No. We're on next. ORA Are you crazy? ZEE You can't dance like that! Muzi looks at his bloodied t-shirt. Zee's right. A RANDOM KID walks in. MUZI Give me your t-shirt. The Random Kid looks at Muzi, surprised. RANDOM KID What? He sees Muzi's wound. RANDOM KID (CONT'D) No way! MUZI (threatening) Give me your t-shirt. RANDOM KID pulls off his t-shirt, scared stiff, remains in his vest. Muzi takes his own t-shirt off, ties it around his side and puts the Random Kid's t-shirt on top. Ora and Zee look at him as if he's crazy. MUZI (CONT'D) Let's go. He starts to walk out. Ora blocks his way. ORA Listen man. You can't do this. Muzi's eyes burn into him. MUZI I'm going to beat him, Ora. I have to. Ora steps aside. Muzi walks out the bathroom. INT. JOBURG COMPETITION VENUE - NIGHT MUZI weaves his way through the crowd, wincing in pain, flanked by ORA and ZEE. MC (into mic) Ambishn. Sbujwa Nation...Are you ready? A.M.B.I.$.H.N. Steps onto the stage. SBUJWA NATION step up on the opposite side. Khanyi takes one look at Muzi, sees he's in pain. KHANYI What the hell happened? ORA Prince stabbed -- MUZI Shut up. Khanyi gawks. She sees traces of blood on Muzi's side. MC (into mic) Ambishn will go first. Sbujwa Nation will go second. KHANYI This is crazy. You can't-- MUZI I'm not letting you guys down. We're going to finish this. MC (into mic) Red Cards. Ambishn. Green cards. Sbujwa Nation. Khanyi folds her hands. KHANYI I'm not dancing. Muzi levels her with a stare. MC Let's go. MUSIC starts up. A.M.B.I.$.H.N. takes the stage and -- Like a dam that is broken they burst out into a frenzy of pure sbujwa energy. Their faces contorted, every nerve of their bodies strained. And then-- PRINCE BREAKS OUT INTO A SOLO. His energy is superhuman. He completes the move with a huge leap and lands on his knees and slides up to Muzi, daunting him. Challenging him-- And Muzi leaps over Prince, doing a cartwheel and ushering SBUJWA NATION ONTO THE STAGE. Their performance is exhilarating. The excellence of execution. They smile. They enjoy it. They play with it. Muzi at the front, leading. The blood stain on his side widening. And the crowd is eating out of their hands when-- MUZI BREAKS INTO A SOLO. INT. JOBURG COMPETITION VENUE - NIGHT MUZI moves to the edge of circle, motions his crew to clear the space. The Audience is ecstatic. They can feel something big's coming. The blood stain on Muzi's side's getting larger. He closes his eyes. CUT TO: VIDEO FOOTAGE (FLASHBACK): Spikiri speaks to the OFF SCREEN CAMERAMAN. SPIKIRI This move is called Sizwile. CAMERAMAN (O.C.) What does that mean? SPIKIRI We heard you. CAMERAMAN (O.C.) We heard you? SPIKIRI Yeah. I've never done it before in public. It's top secret. My show Stopper. Don't try this at home. INT. JOBURG COMPETITION VENUE - NIGHT Muzi's eyes are closed. The bloodstain on his side gets larger. CUT TO: INT. MUZI'S BEDROOM - EVENING (FLASHBACK) MUZI sits on his bed. In his hands a photo of Spikiri with Shoes. MUZI (V.O) What's Sizwile? LERATO (V.O.) That's you. END FLASHBACK. INT. JOBURG COMPETITION VENUE - NIGHT Muzi opens his eyes. Muzi crosses to one side of the stage, prepared to do a run up. MUZI (to himself) I can do this. He takes a step forward. The blood stain on his side even larger. He takes a step forward, stumbles, regains his footing. ON THE CROWD. The audience gasps. BACK ON THE STAGE. MC Stop the music. MUZI No. Muzi takes a step, swoons and stumbles, dropping to one knee. Prince smiles. The audience falls silent. Muzi grasps his side, and looks at the blood on his hand. It seems like someone else's, and he-- FALLS TO THE GROUND. Stunned silence everywhere. Everyone is frozen. The music stops. Khanyi rushes over to Muzi, cradling him in her hands. KHANYI Muzi...Muzi... ON LERATO. Pushing her way through the crowd. Muzi's eyes flutter and close. KHANYI (CONT'D (CONT'D) (shouting) Get an ambulance. Someone call an ambulance. Her voice recedes further and further away. CUT TO: EXT. FIELD OF DREAMS - DAY - (DREAM SEQUENCE) SPIKIRI puts the seven year old MUZI down, seats him on the grass. The little boy stares up into Spikiri's face. Spikiri moves across the frame, obscuring the young face for an instant, and moves off frame to reveal-- The present day fully grown MUZI, on the ground, where the boy had been. He stares up into Spikiri's face. MUZI Pa. SPIKIRI Sizwile is inside of you. It's inside your heart. That's what makes it special. Spikiri stretches out his hand. Muzi raises his. Both hands grasp each other tight. END DREAM SEQUENCE. INT. JOBURG COMPETITION VENUE - NIGHT MUZI gets up as if yanked upwards by some unseen hand. Everyone steps back, surprised. Muzi glares at the DJ. Gives him a solemn nod. The DJ starts the music. KHANYI No. Muzi doesn't hear her. He moves to the edge of the circle and does a run up. He leaps into the air and cartwheels once, twice, three times and -- Lands on his head then-- Spins, B-boy style, then -- Leaps to his feet. And stands there, panting. The crowd is absolutely silent. Muzi closes his eyes, hangs his head, exhausted. The ground shakes as ear shattering applause erupts from every corner. Green cards cover the arena. MC Judges? The crowd starts chanting "Green...Green...Green..." CELEBRITY JUDGES The Celebrity judges adlib their reasons for voting for Prince and why Muzi sucked. CELEBRITY JUDGE ONE hesitates then holds up a red card. JUDGE TWO looks at Judge One and does the same. Three follows suit. Resounding "Boos" from the crowd. A bottle hurls through the air and connects with CELEBRITY JUDGE ONE. More follow. A riot is afoot. The Judges lift green cards, ducking to avoid the missiles flying through the air. CELEBRITY JUDGES (CONT'D) The Celebrity Judges call for security and say that this it totally unacceptable. They've been forced by the crowd - this is not democractic. MC The Judges have spoken. It's Sbujwa Nation. Sbujwa Nation wins! The crowd breaks into ecstatic cheers. Muzi falls, limp. Ora and Zee catch him. KHANYI You did it. Muzi smiles weakly. MUZI No. We did it. The PARAMEDICS arrive with a stretcher. MUZI (CONT'D) Wait. He hobbles over to Prince. Prince looks at him with a mixture of alarm and anger. The whole crowd goes silent, all eyes on these two rivals standing face to face. And Muzi hugs Prince. Holds him tight. MUZI (CONT'D) I'm not leaving here without you brother. And Prince starts sobbing. Muzi goes limp and Prince grabs him, holding him up. The PARAMEDICS run up. PRINCE Don't touch him. Move back. And he takes Muzi up in his arms and carries him out of the arena, tears streaming down his face. Arnold takes up the chant: "Muzi. Muzi. Muzi." The other A.M.B.I.$.H.N. Members follow suit. "Muzi. Muzi. Muzi." In a second, it spreads like wildfire. The entire audience is chanting "Muzi. Muzi. Muzi." The sound fills the entire space. "Muzi. Muzi. Muzi." EXT. JOBURG COMPETITION VENUE - NIGHT PRINCE lifts MUZI into the waiting ambulance. Muzi hears the chanting. MUZI Is that? PRINCE They're saying your name. Muzi smiles. LERATO Is he going to be alright? PARAMEDIC Yes ma'am. It's nothing serious. LERATO Thank God. She takes Muzi's hand. LERATO (CONT'D) I'm really proud of you son. Muzi smiles. The PARAMEDICS start to close the ambulance doors. Khanyi comes running up. KHANYI Wait! They pause. She rushes to Muzi's side and gives him a long kiss. Muzi is surprised, then enjoys the moment. When she pulls away -- He smiles. Looking deep into her eyes. The ambulance doors obstruct his views. Her stunning eyes the last thing he sees as we-- FADE TO: EXT. JOBURG DAY - DAY SUPER: TWO WEEKS LATER INT. WAREHOUSE - DAY The SBUJWA NATION members are warming up. Amongst them is PRINCE, and the other A.M.B.I.$.H.N. Members. SHOES, MUZI and LERATO walk in. KHANYI Muzi! She runs up to him and gives him a tight hug. MUZI Ouch! Easy there. She rushes over to the corner. SHOES Hey. This crew's grown a lot since I left. Khanyi returns bearing a cake, grinning from ear to ear. MUZI Wow! KHANYI It's home made. MUZI What? You're baking now? KHANYI Er. No. My mum made it. I told her about you and she thought it would be nice. MUZI You moved back in with them? She nods and smiles. KHANYI You've shown me the meaning of family. She gives him a kiss. Lerato clears her throat. SHOES You guys ready for the States? PRINCE We'll show them the meaning of sbujwa. And they launch into a SBUJWA DANCE SEQUENCE, leaping into the air with a flourish as we-- FREEZE THE IMAGE and-- FADE OUT. END CREDITS.