All­fe­male led Farewell Ella Bella film pro­duc­tion con­firmed

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THE all­fe­male led film pro­duc­tion Farewell Ella Bella has been con­firmed as be­ing among fea­tures to make their de­but at the 39th Dur­ban Film Fes­ti­val which kicks­off next month.

The film about a young woman on a jour­ney to bury her fa­ther is di­rected by Lwazi Mvusi and is a pro­duc­tion of free women fea­tures.

It is also the first fea­ture film to emerge from The Emerg­ing Black Film­mak­ers Trans­for­ma­tion Fund Ini­tia­tive sup­ported by Na­tional Film and Video Foun­da­tion in as­so­ci­a­tion with In­dus­trial De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion and de­part­ment of trade and in­dus­try.

Farewell Ella Bella tells the story of a young woman, Ella, who is played by Jay An­stey.

The char­ac­ter who has lost her­self, her ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties and her love finds her­self back home in the small town of Beau­fort West, left car­ing for her al­co­holic fa­ther.

When he passes away she is left with lit­tle to hold on to and de­cides to head to Johannesburg to bury her fa­ther’s ashes at her child­hood home.

Along the way Ella meets peo­ple that once again re­vive her pas­sion for life.

Mvusi said for her Farewell Ella Bella was a labour of love and a way of telling South African sto­ries but with a fo­cus on the fe­male nar­ra­tive, which is of­ten side­lined in lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional cin­ema.

“But the heart of this film is built around the pur­suit of hap­pi­ness. It is a con­cept my fa­ther taught me to value above all else,” Mvusi said.

In the fe­male­cen­tric DIFF this, Farewell Ella Bella, is one of the many films that tells the story of Africa women.

Among the fea­tures in com­pe­ti­tion will also be High Fan­tasy di­rected by Jenna Bass, in which a group of young South Africans have to nav­i­gate a per­sonal­po­lit­i­cal labyrinth when they wake up to dis­cover they have swapped bod­ies;

Also well as Sara Blecher’s May­fair, a gang­ster film about a fa­ther and son.

Man­ager of DIFF Chipo Zhou said they wanted to show­case the fact that there are many ways to tell these sto­ries from a cin­e­matic point of view.

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