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Hear Me Move - Final Shooting Script

HEAR ME MOVE

Screenplay by

Fidel Namisi

										FINAL SHOOTING DRAFT

										WHITE: October 28th 2013
										PINK: November 20th 2013

Coal Stove Pictures 163 Smit Street, Braamfontein. T: 011 403 1446 E: info@coalstove.co.za

                                                           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.