Blaz­ing a trail to a win at film fes­ti­val

The se­lec­tion is about more than ad­ven­ture

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South African out­door cul­ture.

“With this ini­tia­tive, we wish to pro­vide as­pi­ra­tional South African film- mak­ers with a plat­form to cel­e­brate their love for the out­doors, as cel­e­brat­ing the out­doors is what we’re all about.”

On the se­lec­tion of Solomon’s film, she added: “This film not only cel­e­brates trail run­ning and the beau­ti­ful lo­ca­tions it takes you to, but speaks to the much more rel­e­vant so­cial chal­lenge of un­healthy lifestyles and more im­por­tantly, mak­ing the de­ci­sion to get off the couch, get fit and explore.”

Mow­bray to Mow­bray Ridge fol­lows trail- run­ner Fa­reed Be­har­dien on a run from the bustling sub­urb of Mow­bray to the lofty spot of Mow­bray Ridge, over­look­ing the city.

In the film, Be­har­dien speaks about his mo­ti­va­tion to leave his couch and to run, as the scenery shows the unique land­scape of Cape Town.

It is the sort of film that makes you ask: “What am I do­ing with my life?”

Solomon said his sis­ter had given him the idea of a film about Be­har­dien, as she felt his story cap­tured the pos­si­bil­ity of ad­ven­ture in Cape Town.

“Ad­ven­ture is right on our doorstep. Mow­bray is an ur­ban space with peo­ple buy­ing gats­bies and catch­ing pub­lic trans­port, then 20 or 30 min­utes later you are on a moun­tain.”

Since com­plet­ing the project, Solomon still works with Be­har­dien on videos for the his run­ning web­site leavethe­couch. com

Solomon, 23, is a run­ner him­self, and has had sim­i­lar ex­pe­ri­ences on his ad­ven­tures.

“I go run­ning with my dad and sud­denly we are run­ning in the moun­tains.”

Solomon stud­ied film and pub­lic re­la­tions at CPUT and is now a pro­duc­tion as­sis­tant for in­ter­na­tional ad­ver­tis­ing shoots in Cape Town.

He hopes to have his own pro­duc­tion com­pany to make videos for brands.

For now though, he’d like to spend his cash prize and vouch­ers on film­ing equip­ment and out­door gear.

Caitlin Doney, spokesper­son for Cape Union Mart, said they had a panel who went through more than 100 films to choose the 11 for the South African screen­ing.

“We look for things that are en­ter­tain­ing and thought-pro­vok­ing. We tar­get both ac­tive peo­ple and arm­chair ad­ven­tur­ers.”

As in past years, hu­man in­ter­est sto­ries were im­por­tant. She sin­gles out the film De­nali, a story about dog De­nali who sees his owner, Ben Moon, through cancer. The film is Moon’s homage to his best friend, who he takes to their favourite beach spots in the ca­nine’s old age. Doney said: “The se­lec­tion is about more than ad­ven­ture, the films speak to all our senses.” The 2016 Banff Moun- tain Film Fes­ti­val World Tour screens at Ster-Kinekor Cavendish and Tyger Val­ley un­til next Satur­day. Screen­ings are at 8pm and in­clude all the films in the se­lec­tion, in­clud­ing Solomon’s win­ning film. Tick­ets are avail­able via Ster-Kinekor and charged at stan­dard prices.

wendyl.martin@inl.co.za

Ziyaad Solomon

Mow­bray to Mow­bray Ridge won the Ad­ven­ture Film Chal­lenge at the Banff Moun­tain Film Fes­ti­val.

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