Film about ‘real’ Shaka at fes­ti­val

The New Age (Free State) - - KWAZULU-NATAL NEWS - SIHLE MAVUSO sih­lem@the­

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.

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