Dis­cov­er­ing South Africa

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Africa holds six documentary film fes­ti­vals an­nu­ally and its Dur­ban In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val is one of the big­gest on the con­ti­nent. It has also started host­ing a Brics-fo­cused film fes­ti­val, the Rapidlion Film Fes­ti­val, in Johannesburg.

“South Africa has breath­tak­ing lo­ca­tions, stu­dios and tal­ent,” Mabaso said. “We want peo­ple to shoot films here. It’s also cheap.”

Nine prov­inces in South Africa have their own pro­duc­tion fa­cil­i­ties and Hol­ly­wood and other for­eign com­pa­nies have been tak­ing ad­van­tage of that, mak­ing films in South Africa like

and Mabaso said films are also a tool to boost tourism. “As soon as you see a beau­ti­ful lo­ca­tion in a film, you want to visit it.”but per­haps the best gain from the Se­cond BRICS Film Fes­ti­vals is bring­ing to­gether peo­ple from dif­fer­ent cor­ners of the world and cre­at­ing a bond of amity among them through five days of talk­ing, eat­ing and watch­ing films to­gether.

Zhang Pimin, Vice Pres­i­dent of China Al­liance of Ra­dio, Film and Tele­vi­sion, put it into words with touch­ing sim­plic­ity when the ba­ton of the BRICS Film Fes­ti­val was handed over to South Africa which, as the next BRICS chair, will host the event in 2018.

“We are thou­sands of miles away and have dif­fer­ent colors and cul­tures. But we are united un­der BRICS,” Zhang said. “Next year, the film fes­ti­val will be held in South Africa. And we will con­tinue our story of friend­ship.”

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