Film about ‘real’ Shaka at festival
A NEW film seeking to correct myths and lies about legendary Zulu king, Shaka, will headline the upcoming Ugu Film Festival.
The local film titled Isivivane sikaShaka, was produced and directed by a group of Port Shepstone-based filmmakers.
The festival organiser, Senzo Zindela, said several books have been written about the founder of the Zulu nation. Most of them had twisted facts, this documentary goes deep and unpacks unknown and buried facts.
He said it’s a micro-budget film, which is aimed at retelling the story of King Shaka in its most original form.
“The film was produced as a community project where all stakeholders contributed what they know to make it a success, and the good thing about it is that it’s starring up-and-coming actors from Mtwalume. It is a wellcrafted documentary-film that must not be missed,” Zindela said.
The closing film will be Vaya, directed by Akin Omotoso.
Zindela said the film interweaves three separate plots, which intersect and intertwine in a gripping, deeply moving and often funny narrative about struggling for survival and dignity in the city.
The film scooped the best South African feature film award at the recent Durban International Film festival.
Other films to be screened include, Mbongeni Ngema’s Asinamali, Bad Genius produced locally by a Thai crew as well as Unknown a micro-budget film produced by local filmmakers.
The festival, which is modelled on the Durban Film Festival will run from September 21 to 24 in three venues on the south coast including the Wild Coast Sun hosting the opening night, Desroches Hotel for the festival’s workshops and St Michaels on Sea will host the closing night in a marquee.
Zindela says the festival has managed to draw investment, international film producers and tourists to the Ugu district.
MAKING MOVIES: Festival founder and curator Senzo Zindela, centre, with his team at the media briefing at Umhlanga’s The Pearls Boutique Restaurant and Cafe.