Right­ing a wrong

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Though South African pro­ducer-di­rec­tor Xoliswa Sit­hole, a BAFTA and Pe­abody awards win­ner, grew up in what was then Rhode­sia, to­day’s Zim­babwe, the child­hood en­vi­ron­ment she re­mem­bers was as re­stric­tive as apartheid South Africa’s. “I never saw a sin­gle black face on TV,” said the 50-year-old, who was a mem­ber of the jury at the Chengdu film fes­ti­val. “The only time we met white kids was in school.”

Sit­hole, who re­turned to South Africa fol­low­ing Nel­son Man­dela’s re­lease from pri­son in 1990, thinks BRICS, which ac­counts for 40 per­cent of the global pop­u­la­tion and over 20 per­cent of the global GDP, is an op­por­tu­nity for the five de­vel­op­ing coun­tries to shift the dy­nam­ics in global con­scious­ness.

Sit­hole also thinks BRICS film­mak­ers have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to make cin­ema and art ac­ces­si­ble to or­di­nary peo­ple. “Take art out of the pre­serve of the elite. In South Africa, for in­stance, it was white male ter­ri­tory for so long.

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